Great Moments in Filibuster History: D’Amato and Moynihan, 1992 [Video]

As Senator Bernie Sanders enters hour eight of his objections to the tax cut compromise, we took to the CSPAN archive to find one of the last great filibusters: Al D’Amato’s all-nighter in 1992.

D’Amato spent 15 hours objecting to a provision that was removed from a tax bill, a provision that would have helped a small typewriter company in Cortland, New York.

“I am just absolutely bonkers,” he recalled to Fox News more than a decade later. “So I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to hold this bill up.’ I went and had dinner. I didn’t have anything to drink, took no liquids, went to the Senate floor, probably around 9, 9:30 and started talking, and talking, and talking, and talking.”

He sings “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” somewhere in here, but I haven’t been able to find it yet. So here it is, cued up to an exchange between he and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, sometime in the morning hours.

Great Moments in Filibuster History: D’Amato and Moynihan, 1992 [Video]