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Florida lawmakers mourn death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Florida lawmakers react to the death of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, the last World War II veteran in the Senate.

Sen. Bill Nelson: “To Frank Lautenberg, being a U.S. Senator meant being a dedicated public servant. And for decades, he set an example of the finest tradition of service to our country.”

Sen. Marco Rubio: "As one of Congress' last World War II veterans, Frank Lautenberg was a real American hero. I have been privileged to serve with him in the Senate for over two years and to have gotten to know him as public servant and the great person he was. Frank served his country and state with courage and dignity, and I will always remember the way he tirelessly championed the cause of veterans like him who have sacrificed so much for America."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "Senator Lautenberg did so much for the people of this country. His work fighting to protect our environment and the health of our children and grandchildren made our world a better place.  He helped improve the GI Bill for the 21st Century to make college more accessible to veterans; wrote the ‘Toxic Right to Know’ law that enables communities to know what pollutants are in their neighborhoods; helped ban smoking on airplanes; and wrote legislation that ensured domestic abusers could not possess guns.  These are just a few of his many accomplishments in the U.S. Senate."



[Last modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:12pm]


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