Sanders began speaking at 10:25 a.m. and wrapped up more than 8 1/2 hours later at 7 p.m. Several senators, including Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) took turns presiding as Sanders spoke to a chamber scattered with a handful of Senate staffers and bored-looking pages, as well as a dozen or so curious onlookers watching from the gallery.
Speaking briefly with reporters after his marathon, Sanders said that he had initially planned to fly back to Vermont tonight but probably would rest in Washington instead.
Asked why he stopped speaking when he did, Sanders replied, “I’m tired.”
Let it be known that there still exists courage within Washington.