Today, Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement upon hearing the news of Senator Lautenberg's passing:
"Today, we lost a friend and colleague in the United States Senate, Frank Lautenberg. Senator Lautenberg was a WWII hero and progressive voice in the United States Senate who not only fought for the people of New Jersey, but for Americans everywhere. Whether it was working to ensure universal access to affordable health care, or continuing his efforts to push for legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals by casting one of his last votes on universal background checks while in a wheelchair, Lautenberg dedicated his life to fighting for working families across the country. My thoughts and prayers are with the Senator's family and close friends during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed. "