A plea for political healing from the U.S. Senate floor

It doesn't take much reporting on Capitol Hill to figure out that nerves are still raw, not just in the nation, but here in the Congress as well, on the outcome of the 2016 election. One Senator took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to urge all sides to find ways to heal those wounds.

Most of America probably isn't familiar with the senior Senator from the state of Florida. Bill Nelson served 12 years in the U.S. House, and has been in the Senate since being elected in 2000.  While he is most certainly a proud Democrat, Nelson is not someone who routinely goes to the floor with overheated rhetoric.

Many times during his political career here in Washington, Nelson has used the line, "As the Good Book says, come, let us reason together," as a way to urge compromise.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nelson had just finished a speech on the issue of expanded offshore oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, a move that he has steadfastly opposed because of what he argues is a distinct environmental risk to the beaches of his home state.

When Nelson finished his remarks, no one else was on the Senate floor seeking to speak, so the Florida Democrat offered his thoughts on how the nation needed to heal in the aftermath of the 2016 election.

Nelson called this year's campaign "ugly," as he noted that "awful things" were said by both sides.

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