Honoring Congressman Henry Waxman and Congressman George Miller on Their Retirementby Representative Frank Pallone Jr.
Posted on 2014-12-10
of new jersey in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, it's an honor today to rise and celebrate the accomplishments of two of my friends, and two of the most distinguished leaders to have ever served in the House of Representatives: Henry Waxman and George Miller. Their names have become synonymous with statesmanship and a deep commitment to public service.
These two giants leave behind legislative records that are unmatched in scope and length. When Henry Waxman served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee--I had the good fortune of working closely with him on so many of the issues we care about. Whether it was expanding access to affordable healthcare, or ensuring that our environment is protected, Henry was at the forefront of so much important progress. His leadership on the Affordable Care Act and his championing of Medicare and Medicaid improvements will be remembered as some of his greatest accomplishments in this body. While he has certainly been a friend to us, he has also been a friend to so many who he has never met: the elderly, the infirmed, and those most vulnerable to whom he has dedicated his career.
Few people in this country have done more for America's children than George Miller. With a special focus on children from underserved and low-income communities, George fought tirelessly to fight economic inequalities and to expand opportunities for young people who otherwise would not have had them. From fighting for a stronger k-12 education law to ensuring that people can live on a meaningful minimum wage, George Miller has dedicated his career to giving voice to the American worker.
Both of these leaders are proud sons of California, and throughout their careers they have truly lived up to the term ``Representative.'' I look forward to seeing how they will continue to use their talents, knowledge and passions to better serve our nation in the years ahead. Thank you for all of your leadership; it has been an honor to serve with you.