July 31, 2003
STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS
S. 1511. A bill to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the "Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center"; to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Mr. MCCAIN. Mr. President, I am proud to join Senator KYL in introducing legislation that would rename the Veterans Administration medical center in Prescott, AZ after Bob Stump.
In June of this year, Arizonans suffered a major loss with the passing of Bob Stump, a native son who made his mark for our State and our Nation. Congressman Stump had a patriot's devotion to those who served our country in uniform. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and a grateful Nation.
Congressman Stump served his country and the residents of Arizona admirably in the United States Navy, during World War II; in the Arizona State legislature; and in the United States Congress.
Congressman Stump's service in the House of Representatives was marked by this dedication to his constituents in Arizona. Never one for the trappings of a political office, Bob read and responded to all of his mail, he never had Press Secretary and often answered the office phone personally.
One could not overlook his leadership in Defense and Veterans issues. Serving as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, his work has so beneficial to America's veterans that a street in Arlington National Cemetery was named after him. Everywhere I travel, veterans remark to me that Bob Stump put Veterans needs first.
Bob's strong leadership of the House Armed Services Committee helped usher in many of the technological advances that characterize our modern military.
This legislation serves as a memorial to a member of Congress who left an indelible legacy.