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Expressing Sorrow of the House at the Death of the Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg, A Senator from the State of New Jersey

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HOLT. We mark with sorrow and with admiration the loss of Frank Lautenberg--a loss to Bonnie and his family, a loss to this Congress, a loss to New Jersey, a loss to America.

He served in the Army as a youngster. His father died while he was serving in the Second World War--and ``serve'' is the right word. He saw service as his duty, as his life--serving other people, never forgetting the common person and the common good. Whether he was working for public health or individual health care or education or was helping prevent bullying in schools or was teaching foreign languages or was providing for safety in chemical plants, he was thinking about the ordinary person. He never forgot that, he never stopped fighting, and the people of New Jersey knew that. They knew they had somebody in the Senate who was looking out for them.

What I think of most is his work that he did on the Transportation Subcommittee about the blood alcohol level and drunk driving. He did more than any other single person in this country to prevent drunk driving. You could fill many football stadiums with
people who are alive today because of Frank Lautenberg. The interesting thing is that not one of them would know who they are.

We have a lot to be grateful for to Frank Lautenberg, and his legacy is something that we should work hard to continue.


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