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Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I thank the distinguished Chair, and rise to associate myself with his remarks.

What a remarkable afternoon this has been. What a remarkable journey of two of our colleagues. I rise today to support them for what they have done in the old-fashioned democratic way, reaching out across this country, holding hearings, and bringing back to this body a piece of legislation long overdue. I commend Representative Ramstad and Representative Kennedy. Their work has been extraordinary.

President Kennedy once said that communities reveal an awful lot about themselves in the memorials they create, the people that they honor. This body is about to reveal an awful lot about itself on the legislation we are about to vote on. Two of our colleagues revealed so much about themselves in an effort to bring forth the plight of others less fortunate than they, and unable to be here on this floor to speak. That is the crowning glory of this great democracy that we all participate in.

Patrick Kennedy had it right. This is a certain right. This is a civil right. This is something that goes beyond parity and speaks to the very essence of equality in what we stand for. And two of our colleagues have demonstrated the way to do that beyond the Chambers, beyond the Beltway, and out to the people where it really matters. Thank you so much for bringing their cause here today.

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