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Congressional Record - Honoring the Contributions of Catholic Schools

Location: Washington, DC

Jan. 21, 2004
Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, because I am attending the important World Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland, at which I intend to argue strongly for changes in international economic policy better to reflect the rights of working people and the importance of environmental protection, I am missing some votes in suspension. By their nature of course, bills scheduled this early in the session on the suspension calendar are entirely non-controversial so my inability to vote on some of them, while regrettable, was obviously irrelevant to the outcome. What my absence does mean is the lack of a chance to express my support for various of the principles affirmed in those resolutions, so I want to take this opportunity to express my agreement with their thrust. In particular, given the importance of Catholic schools in the district I am privileged to represent, I want to express my appreciation for the dedicated and effective work done by the educators in that school system whose commitment to young people is one of the great assets our society has. I am happy to be able to join my colleagues in expressing my gratitude to those dedicated men and women who devote themselves to the job of educating young people in an appropriate way.

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