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Agreeing With The Sentiment of The Senate Regarding The Death of The Honorable Paul Simon

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Agreeing With The Sentiment of The Senate Regarding The Death of The Honorable Paul Simon -- (House of Representatives - January 21, 2004)

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

(Mr. LARSON of Connecticut asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, it is fitting that we note today the passing of a distinguished former Member of this House, Paul Simon of Illinois. I thank the gentleman from California (Mr. Doolittle) for offering this motion, and I also thank the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Costello) for introducing this resolution.

I regret that I did not have the privilege of serving with Paul Simon. He retired from the Senate 2 years before I came to the House. I may not have served with Paul Simon; but like millions of Americans, I certainly knew of him and admired him greatly.

Paul Simon's reputation extended far beyond the geographic borders of the Land of Lincoln. Through a distinguished career that began at age 19 as a newspaper editor and publisher and led him to seats in both houses of the Illinois general assembly, lieutenant governorship, and on to both Houses of the United States Congress, Paul Simon enjoyed a reputation of honesty, integrity, and diligence. Known for his trademark bowties, Simon championed reform and the cause of the less fortunate than himself.

Mr. Speaker, Paul Simon, the statesman, was a great American who made a difference during his long career in public life.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Costello), the sponsor of this resolution.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Davis), the most distinct voice in the House of Representatives and one of the most distinguished Members.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Emanuel), former advisor to President Clinton.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentlewoman from Illinois (Ms. Schakowsky), my neighbor and good friend.

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Gutierrez).

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Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I yield the balance of the time to the distinguished gentleman from California (Mr. Farr).

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