TRIBUTE TO MAGGIE INOUYE AND ERMA ORA BYRD
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Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, I wish to take a minute to offer my sincerest condolences to Senator Byrd on the passing of his beloved wife Erma. In a love story that is both moving and inspiring to all people, ROBERT BYRD's grade school sweetheart became his lifelong best friend in a marriage that spanned almost seven decades. While this makes the loss that much more profound, I would imagine it makes the memories that much sweeter and the love all the more enduring.
As somebody who is fortunate enough myself to be married to a wonderful woman for the past 14 years, I can only imagine the difficult transition this causes for our dear colleague from the State of West Virginia, but I pray that the Byrd family will find strength in this difficult time. I pray that Erma may now rest in eternal peace.