Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), released the following statement today on the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg earlier today. As the longest-serving senator in New Jersey's history and a World War II veteran, his life and career were an inspiration. With his many years of dedication, not just to New Jersey but America, Senator Lautenberg fought to protect and improve the lives of our military families and helped to modernize the G.I. bill to ensure that all veterans could benefit from the same opportunities he had received. Senator Lautenberg worked each and every day to improve and safeguard the lives of Americans by working to make college more affordable for young adults, to reverse the impacts of global warming, and to allow workers time off to care for their sick families. His legacy will be cherished in the halls of the Congress for years to come.
"I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Senator Lautenberg's wife Bonnie, his children and grandchildren and to all those who are mourning this tragic loss."