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Honoring John Dingell

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

Ms. PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, on December 8, 1941, a page stood on the House floor as President Franldin Roosevelt spoke of a ``date which will live in infamy'' and asked the Congress to declare war on Japan.
The son of a Congressman, ready and willing to serve his country, this young man enlisted in the Army in 1944 and fought on distant shores in World War II. In 1955, he followed in the family tradition of public service, ran for his father's seat in Congress, and won.

Today, that page, that young man, is the Dean of the House and the longest-serving Member of Congress in history: JOHN DINGELL.

Over the course of nearly six decades, JOHN DINGELL has had a hand in almost every issue vital to the American people: from the air that we breathe and the water that we drink, to how the government serves its citizens, to essential consumer protections.

Yet, among his countless achievements, none hold greater significance than his contributions to the health of the American people. Indeed, it has been the constant theme of his career.

Health care was the family families--as his father had introduced the first-ever national health care legislation. In 1955, carrying forward that legacy, JOHN DINGELL ran for Congress on the platform of health care for all. In 1965, Medicare became the law of the land with the bang of JOHN DINGELL's gavel.

With each new Congress, he would introduce bills, hold hearings, build momentum for health reform, And in 2010, after half-a-century of fighting for his cause, he sat by President Obama's side to see the Affordable Care

Act signed into law--a dream long overdue, a dream of the Dingell family, a dream finally realized for all Americans.

To work alongside JOHN DINGELL is to be inspired by his strength and passion, by the history of our institution, by the seriousness of our work. This year, we recognize JOHN DINGELL as the longest-serving Member in Congress. But it is not only about the length of his service--it is about the quality of his leadership.

It is an honor to serve with him as a colleague. It is a privilege to know him as a friend. It is a source of pride to work with this living legend in the Congress of the United States.

May we all continue to be moved and strengthened by the dedication, commitment, and conviction of the great JOHN DINGELL.


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