It was a couple weeks until the August recess of the U. S. House and Senate. Many pieces of legislation that some members had hoped to pass were indefinitely held up.
It appeared as though Congress was just biding its time until the recess period. One particular member of the United States Senate, known for his hot temper and acid tongue, was disgusted by this. When it was his turn to speak, he couldn't resist letting his colleagues have it. Halfway through his speech, he exploded in anger and shouted, "Half of this Senate is made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!"
The other senators were quite taken aback by this outburst of accusation. They took their concerns to the Senate Majority leader who took the podium to admonish the angry senator. "Withdraw your statement," he ordered, "or be removed from the floor for the remainder of the session!"
After a long pause, the angry senator acquiesced. "OK," he said, "I withdraw what I said. Half of this Senate is NOT made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!"