On Wednesday, the political legacy of Vice President Joe Biden was honored by both sides of the Senate aisle. Biden had previously served for 36 years as a Senator representing the state of Delaware. The only reason he gave up his Senate seat was because Barack Obama asked him to serve as his vice president. And since Obama won the presidential election in 2008 and 2012, Biden went on to serve as the nation’s vice president for over the past 8 years.
What was truly special about the tribute was how both Republicans and Democrats put their differences aside to pay their respects to Biden’s legacy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at the podium on the Senate floor and told stories about Biden which praised his humor and his character as a politician. McConnell even noted how despite Biden being known as a talker, he actually grew up with a debilitating stutter which resulted in him getting teased in school when he talked. But with hard work and determination, he overcame the stutter and grew up to be an accomplished politician who never shuts up.
In addition to this tribute, Senators this week also approved a bill that would provide $6.3 billion in funding for cancer research, opioids, mental health, and other diseases. A few years ago, Biden’s son Beau Biden died of cancer and Biden has been an advocate for cancer research ever since. The bill for funding cancer research is called the 21st Century Cures Act, which was named that to honor Beau Biden. Now the bill is being sent to President Obama where he is expected to sign it into law.
Biden’s future remains up for speculation. Some people are hoping he’ll run for president in 2020, even though he’ll be 77-years-old. He basically said that anything is possible and that he doesn’t know what will happen 4 years from now.