Senate honors Specter

Arlen Specter in 2008. Specter was elected to the Senate in 1980 and had been a political fixture for decades before. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)

WASHINGTON - The Senate recognized the death of former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter Monday night, approving a resolution in his honor.

Specter "was admired for his independent decision making and willingness to cross party lines"  and "advocated both for strong national security measures and the maintenance of civil liberties," the resolution read in part.

PA Democrat Bob Casey sponsored the measure, and it was co-sponsored by every member of the Senate. It passed by unanimous consent.