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C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I am so pleased that the gentleman from Florida, Chairman Miller, has given me some time; and I am so pleased to support his bill that he has gotten the entire Florida delegation, working in a bipartisan manner, to honor this good man and warm friend, Congressman Bill Young.

Bill was a true patriot and a tenacious public servant, dedicating his life to his constituents in Pinellas County.

As you heard from some of our previous speakers, his accomplishments are so varied and many: creating a national bone marrow registry; improving the quality of life for Active Duty personnel, our National Guard, our Reserves, our veterans; protecting thousands of jobs in his area; preserving MacDill Air Force Base; improving Florida's environment. These are just some of Bill's many accomplishments.

Bill was always willing to lend a helping hand to members of our entire State delegation with projects that were important in our local community. For example, he helped me to find the funds to dredge the Miami River, to protect Homestead Air Reserve Base after it was devastated by Hurricane Andrew.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

Mr. MILLER of Florida. I yield the gentlewoman an additional 30 seconds.

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. But, more importantly, he was the consummate gentleman. He was principled. He was honest, maintaining civility with his colleagues, a trait that we no longer honor as we should. Bill was an example for all of us here in Congress. It was my privilege and my high honor to serve with him. What a great privilege.

I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time.

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