Thursday April 25, 2013 | 07:23 AM

Update:

Here's the Associated Press' coverage of the speech, along with a video.

 

WASHINGTON – Maine Sen. Angus King is slated to give his first major speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate later this afternoon.

Senators typically use their “maiden speeches” to talk about issues that are important to them or their goals. King’s office was mum Wednesday about the subject of his speech other than to say that, by tradition, senators often use the address to speak to “the senator’s vision for their career” and outline “the direction they believe the country should move.”

King is scheduled to deliver his speech at roughly 3 p.m. (Senate schedule permitting). You can watch it live here.

As the U.S. Senate’s website notes, senators used to be expected to wait up to several years before delivering a major floor speech in a signal of respect. That time period is much shorter nowadays, with several freshman senators giving their maiden speeches during the past two weeks.

“Today, all that survives of this ancient Senate tradition is the special attention given to a member’s first major address,” the Senate website states. “When university libraries organize a collection of a former senator’s papers, the chronology of that member’s career almost always includes the date of his or her maiden speech.”

King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, was sworn in in January. He succeeded Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.

 

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