Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

DID IT UNIFY THE SENATE? DID IT UNIFY CONGRESS?

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

No. No, it didn't unify the Senate, but it turned enough doubt, I won't say doubters, it turned enough over for a positive vote to pass the bill and to stop the filibuster that might for personal reasons not have voted for it, for to end the filibustering the bill. Now that, some people from border states whose constituency was fairly well divided on that and some who had obligations, they had been given positions of power on commissions through the help, there was great seniority rule in the Senate back in those days and without the help of those senior senators who filled the, the policy committees and filled the other committees that picked, you see they have a committee that picked people for different committees and you don't necessarily get the committee you want. It be, it may be the committee of most interest in your states, lot of senators there owed their positions on the committees they wanted to some of the southerners who had great seniority like, Richard Russell. The leader of all of them, and the most able of all of them.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

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