Montana Senator Jon Tester called former Senator Robert Byrd "great." Robert Byrd was a West Virginia Senator from 1959-2010. Byrd was controversial as being a former member of the KKK which he joined at age 24. In 1964, Byrd along with several other Senators filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Senator Tester said "We can continue to have the debate about the best way to secure the border, but it should not be done holding the American people hostage. It should be done by having the debate that this body, the most deliberative body in the world I was told before I got here — got to serve with great senators, got to serve with Robert C. Byrd and Richard Lugar and Kennedy and Baucus, the list goes on and on. We don't debate. We don't even vote."