U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg:
"I am saddened by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Senator Frank Lautenberg, and my heart goes out to his wife and family. Frank was a true champion for those who need a voice in Washington. I am honored to have had the privilege to fight side-by-side to secure health care for our 9/11 first responders, ensure federal support for the families and businesses devastated by Superstorm Sandy, strengthen our gun laws, and reform chemical safety laws. We have lost a remarkable fighter and wonderful man. His voice will be sorely missed in the halls on Congress."