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Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act--Continued--

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. HELLER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

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Mr. HELLER. I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business.

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Mr. HELLER. Mr. President, Monday was a sad day for my home State of Nevada. This week we learned that Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich passed away in Reno just a few weeks after her 92nd birthday. As the first woman elected to represent Nevada in Congress, Barbara was a dedicated and effective legislator, admired by her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. As the first person to represent Nevada's 2nd Congressional District--a district I was privileged to represent in the House of Representatives--Barbara was a role model to countless Nevadans. She exemplified the highest standards of public service. Moreover, Barbara was a dear friend.

When I came to Washington for the very first time, Barbara invited me to join her for lunch, even though I was a total stranger. It was a kind and considerate gesture I will never forget. Even today, when constituents come to Washington to visit, I tell them the story about Barbara and how I aspire to the high standards she set.

During her seven terms in Congress, she was a vigorous advocate for important issues, including breast cancer research and was herself a breast cancer survivor. As chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Military Construction--at the time one of only two women ever to serve as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee--she was a strong and effective voice for America's men and women in uniform, and she played a pivotal role in protecting Nevada's vast resources while serving on the House Interior Committee, helping to create the Great Basin National Park.

Barbara served in Congress at a time when Members of different parties could come together and find solutions for the American people. She served at a time when compromise and common sense guided decisionmaking, when results were more important than petty partisanship, and the same was certainly true of Barbara.

Barbara was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an admired and beloved public servant, a patriot, a proud Nevadan, and a dear friend.

My heart goes out to her family and friends during this difficult time. My wife Lynne and I join our fellow Nevadans in remembering the inspirational life and legacy of Barbara Vucanovich.

Thank you. I yield the floor.

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