Prayerby Senator Nancy Pelosi
Posted on 2013-05-15
PELOSI. Thank you, Madam Chair. I certainly did not want to take
the floor from our distinguished colleague, Connie Morella. It's so
wonderful to see you. Maybe good news for you, I've lost my voice. I
know it will be good news for the Speaker, but we'll see later in the
I join him in welcoming you back to the Capitol. I hope it is always a source of joy to you to set foot on this floor, this place our Founders decided was the marketplace of ideas, where we would compete in the marketplace of ideas and find common ground to go forth. Your legacy is an important one to us. As I look around and see all of you, I see contributions that you have made over the years that we still benefit from.
It's an honor to be here with Bob Michel. I think he enjoyed the job of minority leader more than I do. What do you think, Bob? What do you think? We were all there to celebrate his birthday recently. It was a bipartisan fiesta, wasn't it? That was just a couple months ago we celebrated a landmark birthday. Happy birthday again.
But all of you, I heard what the Speaker said about this openness on the floor, and I thought that was really good news, because we've been trying to get a budget to the floor for a very long time but without much success to allow our budget to come to the floor. So I'm going to take the words that I just heard to Chris Van Hollen and tell him that happy days are here again and that our amendment will be made in order in the Rules Committee.
Martin, Governor, Bob, all of you, we all are on a first-name basis. Last night, rightfully all of you honored the distinguished Secretary, Mr. LaHood. He has done a remarkable, remarkable job. We couldn't be prouder of him as a legislator and as a Secretary in the Cabinet even if he had been a Democrat. He's just absolutely wonderful. We love him, and he brings bipartisanship to all of what we do. And that's really what is, I think, not to get to a partisan place, Madam Chair, but is on the ballot in the next election: bipartisanship. It's something that is the most popular concept in politics. People would vote for that in overwhelming numbers; and hopefully, in this election, whatever the outcome is, bipartisanship will prevail.
I always say to people that you can win an election, that's up to the public, but the idea has to prevail, and that is what we're striving to do here. That's what we hope the election will impact. It already did have an impact in the last election with immigration. All of a sudden, it became an issue near and dear to the hearts of so many more people in the Congress who never had an interest in it before, because when the people spoke in such a big way, especially Hispanics, it became a priority for many more people in the Congress.
So, again, when all of you were here, we worked in a very, very civil and respectful way. We hope that we can return to that. But that doesn't diminish the contribution that you made in so many ways regarding the substance, the values, and the ethics that make our country so great.
So it really is a joy to see each and every one of you. I hope your lives are very happy. You certainly look well. There seems to be a good life after Congress, but it brings us such pride to see so many of you come back to continue this bonding. Thank you. It's an honor to see you.
Madam Speaker, how does it feel up there? It feels good, huh? It feels good. Welcome, Barbara. Thank you all very much for being here.
Ms. MORELLA. We are very honored that our minority leader chose to join us again to greet us as well as the Speaker of the House and Steny Hoyer.
So let's continue on with our program. We were talking about programs that focus on Europe and Asia and bringing current Members of Congress together with their peers and legislatures overseas, which actually helps in terms of what we discussed with people knowing each other and therefore finding it easier to work together noting that they have common objectives.
We work with the Department of State to talk about representative democracy with audiences overseas. We partner with former parliamentarians from other countries for democracy-strengthening initiatives. This is a very active outreach to emerging democracies. My colleague from Texas, Martin Frost, instituted the so-called Frost- Solomon Task Force when he was in Congress, and many of the legislative-strengthening projects that we conduct are actually modeled on his good work.
It is now a pleasure to yield the floor to our friend from Texas, Martin Frost.
Mr. FROST. Thank you, Connie. Since we have to be off the floor at 9:30, I'm going to truncate these remarks a little bit.
A number of years ago, we created the International Election Monitors Institute under the leadership of then-president Jack Buechner. It is a joint project of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the Association of Former Members of the European Parliament, and the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. In addition to conducting multiple workshops for former legislators to train them for election-monitoring missions, this group sent delegations to monitor elections in places such as Morocco, Ukraine, and--our most ambitious undertaking--Iraq. The original intent of the International Election Monitors Institute was to train former legislators and prepare them for the task of observing an election. We have since broadened and expanded this to focus and are now incorporated as the Global Democracy Institute, again in partnership with our colleagues from Ottawa and Brussels. Former legislators from all political walks of life can be a tremendous asset to these organizations that seek to strengthen democracy across the globe.
In addition to that, this organization has undertaken a number of trips. I [[Page H2619]] had the privilege, along with Connie and some other people in this room, to take part in an exchange in China last year. This was one of a series of those. I know that we're going to be doing that again. I encourage you to take part in these. They are educational. For some reason, the people in China think that former Members of Congress still have some influence, so they treat us very well. It is interesting to learn about the evolution of their particular democratic process. It's slow, but I think it's important that we continue to show interest. I think it's very helpful for our country.
We have participated in a variety of projects in Turkey and in the United Kingdom, as well as in Nigeria. I just think that when you're asked as a former Member to take part in one of these trips, try and find some time to do it. You will find that you have a lot to offer to emerging democracies to talk about how our system works. I think it's very good for us as a country and an association that we continue this work.
Connie, you've got a couple of other speakers. I'm going to yield back the balance of my time and again thank you for what you've done for the association.
Ms. MORELLA. Thank you.
I am now going to yield time to my colleague from Maryland, Beverly Byron, to report on some of the other activities of the association.
Ms. BYRON. Thank you, Connie. Let me thank Martin for his interest in furthering the U.S. Association of Former Members in the world.
Another important international undertaking which involves the Former Members is our new Middle East fellowship program. Now in its third year, it brings young professionals from the Middle East and from North Africa to Washington for a 1-month immersion program. It is chaired by former Members Scott Klug and Larry LaRocco, and I want to thank them for their leadership in this program.
In the spring of 2009, the Former Members began a partnership with Legacy International, a Virginia-based NGO, which has been in existence for 30 years, for the Middle East Legislative Fellows Program. Initiated by the Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the LFP hosted young professionals from Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia this spring. Previous delegations have included young professionals from Kuwait, Morocco, and Oman. Our guests are in the D.C. area for a month-long fellowship working in congressional offices and NGOs.
The program is designed to promote a positive relationship between the U.S. and the gulf states, which, in light of the Arab Spring, is now more vital than ever. The fellows--candidates with strong leadership skills who represent the top talent in their fields in their countries--have an opportunity to gain practical experience and direct interaction with the U.S. Government and its officials. This is an invaluable opportunity on both sides. For one who has hosted a dinner each year for a number of the individuals, they are very, very sharp, they're bright, they're articulate; and we will be looking to them in the future to be leaders of their country.
Our association connects the fellows with former Members who work together. The former Members act as a kind of mentor of the young men and young women through one-on-one meetings, roundtable discussions, and by attending program discussions and events. The former Members have a great opportunity to expand their understanding of where we are.
In an exciting extension to the LFP, at the conclusion of each program, a team of former Members completes the exchange by then leading a delegation to the region to conduct workshops and gain firsthand experience of that area. The goal of this program is to seek a better understanding between the cultures and establish an avenue of dialogue between nations. LFP is an unprecedented opportunity to augment a constructive political and cultural discourse between the U.S. and the Middle East. I am pleased that our association is part of this new, vital program; and every time has been a wonderful opportunity to meet with the young people that come.
Ms. MORELLA. Thank you, Bev, for your leadership and your active involvement in this great program. As a former Ambassador, I am acutely aware of the power of personal interaction and people making a difference to bridge the cultural divide. This is, indeed, a great program for our association.
Not all of our programs focus exclusively on former Members, as you may already have discerned. As was mentioned earlier, we have a number of projects that benefit from former-Member leadership but involve primarily current Members and their peers overseas. We call these programs Congressional Study Groups, and our focus is on Germany, Turkey, Japan, and Europe as a whole. To give you more background about the Congressional Study Groups, I invite former Member Bart Gordon of Tennessee to the dais.
Bart, maybe you will give us a synopsis.
Mr. GORDON. Thank you, Connie, for those kind words, but, more importantly, thank you for the grace that you show as you lead us. You continue to be our ambassador to the world.
Ms. MORELLA. You're so political, Bart.
Mr. GORDON. No, no. You know that's true. We all know that's true here.
Let me first say, as I look around and see everyone, many of you I spent all of my 26 years with, and some a part of that. It's sort of a kaleidoscope of memories that just wash over you. I think almost every one of us sat down together somewhere on the floor and talked about business or what was going on at home. Fortunately, Jim Walsh and I are next-door neighbors in our offices. I'm glad to see my Tennesseans again. We don't get to see each other enough, but it's like we were just here and again like that conversation just continues. This is, I think, one more real benefit of the association, and I'm glad to have a chance to join that.
Pete, many thanks to you for assembling the really excellent staff that you have. They have just a little bitty office, but they really churn out lots and lots of good work. A part of that good work is the Congressional Study Groups.
We have Congressional Study Groups on Germany, Japan, Turkey, and Europe, the flagship international programs of the Former Members of Congress. The study groups are independent, bipartisan legislative exchanges for current Members of Congress and their senior staff and serve as educational forums and invaluable tools for international dialogue with the goal of creating better understanding and cooperation between the United States and its most important strategic and economic allies.
The Congressional Study Group on Germany celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and remains one of the largest and most active parliamentary exchange programs between the United States Congress and the legislative branch of another country.
With your permission, Madam President, I'm going to ask that the remainder of my remarks be made part of the Record--since we're supposed to be out of here at 9:30--and just say that these are very good programs.
Our world is becoming smaller. We do need allies around the world. And I think by making parliamentarians of other countries and the United States come together, it really is forming great ties that will benefit us.
The other thing, I don't think you can be around here and not be a bit of a junky--political junky, that is. These programs are for the active Members, but there are a number of programs here in the United States and Washington that allow parliamentarians and others to come together and discuss the issues of the day, which I think that you will find very interesting and I hope that you will have a chance to participate in those.
It gives me great pleasure to report on the work of The Congressional Study Groups on Germany, Japan, Turkey and Europe, the flagship international programs of FMC. The Study Groups are independent, bipartisan legislative exchanges for current Members of Congress and their senior staff and serve as educational forums and invaluable tools for international dialogue with the goal of creating better understanding and cooperation between the United States and its most important strategic and economic partners.
[[Page H2620]] The Congressional Study Group on Germany celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and remains one of the largest and most active parliamentary exchange programs between the U.S. Congress and the legislative branch of another country. In the 113th Congress, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio and Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania lead the Study Group on Germany in the House, following on two successful years of service by Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia and Representative Russ Carnahan of Missouri. In the Senate, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire serve as Co-Chairs.
The Study Group's programming consists of periodic roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress featuring visiting dignitaries from Germany or U.S. government officials. In addition, Annual Seminars are conducted abroad and at home, as well as Study Tours geared toward senior Congressional staff. This year, the 30th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar brought together a record nine Members of Congress with their counterparts in Berlin and Munich for in-depth, substantive discussions, including a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This 30th anniversary of the Seminar was particularly special as FMC awarded its first ever International Statesmanship Award to Hans-Ulrich Klose, Chair of the Bundestag's U.S.-German Parliamentary Friendship Group, ``for his longstanding service to strengthening the U.S.-German relationship and in appreciation of his leadership championing The Congressional Study Group on Germany.'' Thank you again, Mr. Klose.
A few highlights from the Study Group's domestic programming include: a German parliamentarian at the start of discussions for a transatlantic free trade agreement last June; the Vice-Chancellor of Germany; a roundtable with international journalists providing a unique analysis of the November 2012 elections; the Editor-in-Chief of leading European broadcaster ZDF; and the State Secretary from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Since its establishment, The Congressional Study Group on Germany has received financial support from The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and we are grateful to Craig Kennedy and Maia Comeau. The Association also receives additional funding from a group of organizations making up the Study Group's Business Advisory Council. The Study Group's current Business Advisory Council members are Airbus Americas, Allianz, BASF, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, DHL Americas, Eli Lilly and Company, Fresenius, Lufthansa, RGIT, and Volkswagen.
Also celebrating a milestone anniversary is the Association's Congressional Study Group on Japan, founded in 1993. In the House of Representatives, Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia continue to serve as Co-Chairs in the 113th Congress. In the Senate, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska serves as the Republican Co-Chair, and Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii--the first Japanese immigrant to serve in the Senate. The Study Group would also like to extend special acknowledgement to its Honorary Co-Chairs, former Speakers Dennis Hastert and Tom Foley, who remain active in our programming.
Since its inception, The Congressional Study Group on Japan has been funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the Association would like to extend a special thanks to the Paige Cottingham-Streater and Margaret Mihori.
This year, the Study Group also launched a strategic partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Thanks to the support of President Junko Chano, Director Takahiro Nanri, and Senior Fellow Daniel Bob, The Congressional Study Group of Japan has undergone significant revitalization.
The Congressional Study Group on Japan is also grateful for the support of the Japanese business community here in Washington, DC, represented by the Study Group's Business Advisory Council. The nine companies of the 2013 Council are The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan Railways-JR Central, Hitachi, Honda, Marubeni, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Sojitz, and Toyota Motor North America.
With this expanded and diversified funding base, the Study Group has been able to increase both the quality and quantity of its programming. Already in the 113th Congress, the Study Group has convened eight events, with plans for many more. Featured speakers have included a senior councilor to the new Prime Minister; Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, then Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; a delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan; and the Chairman of the Japanese Diet's Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Congressional Study Group on Japan was also honored to convene a roundtable discussion at the home of Ambassador Sasae earlier this year. Seventeen current Members of Congress participated--including 8 freshman Members--which constitutes the largest delegation from Congress to the Embassy in recent memory, and shows promise for the future strategic U.S.-Japan alliance.
The Congressional Study Group on Turkey was founded in 2005, supported by generous grants from TEPAV, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. Since the Arab Spring, there has been increasing interest in bilateral relations with one of our strongest allies in an often unstable region.
In the 113th Congress, Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA) continue leading the Study Group, and I am happy to share that the past Co-Chairs, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, also remain active.
Similar to our other Study Groups, Turkey's programming consists of periodic roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress featuring visiting dignitaries from Turkey, U.S. government officials and other experts. A recent highlight from this year was our roundtable discussion with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for EU Accession. The Study Group also convened programs on the ``Southern Energy Corridor'' and Secretary Kerry's first official visit to Turkey.
Additionally, last month, Former Members Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Martin Lancaster of North Carolina, Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, and Ben Chandler of Kentucky travelled to Turkey with FMC's ``Congress to Campus'' program to meet with Turkish high school and university students to discuss the U.S. presidential system, federalism, and the U.S. political process, as well as reforming the Turkish Constitution. FMC is grateful to The Mid-Atlantic Federation for Turkic-American Associations who helped to organize and fund the trip.
The Congressional Study Group on Turkey looks forward to organizing a Study Tour for Members of Congress to Turkey in the coming programming year.
At the end of 2011, the Association established the Congressional Study Group on Europe, which serves as an outreach to the broader transatlantic relationship. Programming focuses not just on Brussels and the European Union, but capitals throughout Europe.
Together, Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Representative Peter Welch of Vermont chair the Study Group in the 113th Congress. These gentlemen follow the successful leadership of the inaugural co-chairs, now-former Congressman Ben Chandler of Kentucky and Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, who has joined the leadership of The Congressional Study Group on Germany.
The Study Group continues to work closely with European-focused caucuses and embassies to provide Capitol Hill programming. Program highlights from the past year include a Senior Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, discussing Franco-German relations; a delegation from the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, led by the Committee Chairwoman; and Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, who addressed the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership just days after it was announced at the State of the Union.
Finally, this year marks the second year of the Association's Diplomatic Advisory Council. Initially envisioned as a sister program to The Congressional Study Group on Europe, the Diplomatic Advisory Council now has nearly 25 Ambassadors who advise and participate in all of our programming. Their interest and commitment to multilateral dialogue is a valued addition to The Congressional Study Groups.
As former Members of Congress, we are proud to bring the important services provided The Congressional Study Groups to our colleagues still in office and are proud to play an active role in our continued international outreach.
Ms. MORELLA. I want you to know he has a very extensive report to give on the congressional study groups because they've been very, very active, And they involve current Members of Congress. So you current Members of Congress who may be watching, please link up with the congressional study groups and you'll have some great opportunities to continue to work overseas.
I appreciate his abbreviating his report in deference to the time.
Right now I just want to mention to you--and again, I'm going to be very brief--that we have the Statesmanship Award Dinner. This is one of our major ways of raising money. So to tell you something about that as part of our overall number of activities is our colleague, Jim Walsh.
Mr. WALSH. Thank you, Connie. Good morning, everyone. I'm pleased to tell you this is the last report of the morning prior to our election, which I [[Page H2621]] suspect will go very swiftly and without controversy.
I'd like to thank Connie for her gracious leadership. I'd also like to thank Lou Frey for the remarkable job that he does organizing us and keeping the ducks in a row as we work on this fundraiser, which is really key to our success every year.
On March 19, the association was proud to host its 16th annual Statesmanship Award Dinner, with almost 500 guests in attendance. For the 16th dinner, we decided to continue the very successful expansion we initiated last year. In addition to our traditional Statesmanship Award, we created two additional award categories: the Civic Statesmanship Award and the Corporate Statesmanship Award.
We continued to present the dinner under the theme of ``A Salute to Service,'' and all four of our honorees very clearly fit into that category of outstanding public service. The focal point of the evening was the presentation of the Statesmanship Award, which recognizes a former or current Member of Congress for their devotion to public service. We were very pleased to recognize the leadership throughout their careers of Senator Sam Nunn and Senator Dick Lugar as our Statesmanship Honorees for their outstanding political careers, service to our country, and bipartisan accomplishments that have made the world a safer place.
The Civic Statesmanship Award honors a person or a nonprofit for having made significant improvement to our society. The 2013 recipient was award-winning actor Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation. Mr. Sinise does so much to help wounded warriors and first responders, and we were very pleased to honor him at the dinner.
The Corporate Statesmanship Award recognizes outstanding corporate citizenship, and we chose Margery Kraus, founder and chief executive officer of APCO Worldwide. Not only has she established a culture of corporate philanthropy with APCO, but she is also one of the driving forces behind the Close Up Foundation--which many of you dealt with when you served here--which brings youngsters from across the country to D.C. to learn about their government.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Pulitzer Prize- winning columnist Colbert I. King, who was our master of ceremonies and did a fantastic job for the event and lent wonderful grace to the event.
The evening is a wonderful way to showcase our association and recognize outstanding public service. In addition, the dinner is our financial lifeline. All the programs you've heard about are self- financed by your association. Not a single taxpayer dollar is appropriated for this organization and for the many projects that we conduct. Therefore, success of the fundraising dinner translates directly into success for the association.
The evening is a lot of fun, and it's also of great importance to the organization. I hope that all former Members currently in attendance can be counted upon when Lou Frey picks up the phone next summer and gives you a call to help recruit you for our dinner.
Thank you very much.
Ms. MORELLA. Thank you, Jim.
All the programs that we have described of course require both leadership and staff to implement, and I want to say openly and very enthusiastically our association is blessed to have top people in both categories.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our board of directors--30 former Members divided equally between parties--for their advice and their counsel. We really appreciate it.
The membership is going to vote on new board members in just a moment. You might notice that this year's slate is larger than in past years. That's because at our most recent board meeting we voted to increase the number of directors so that we have open slots available for newer former Members.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't thank the other members of the association's executive committee: our vice president, Barbara Kennelly, who eventually will be president. You notice we'll have two women, president and vice president, et cetera. Just a point of observation.
Our vice president, Barbara Kennelly; our treasurer, Jim Walsh; our secretary, Bill Delahunt; our past president, Dennis Hertel, who has given me a lot of advice and counsel through the year--you've all made the association a stronger and better organization than it's ever been. Thank you all.
Now, to administer these programs, it takes a staff of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals. I've often felt, to paraphrase the 23rd Psalm: my rod and my staff, they comfort me and prepare the papers for me in the presence of my constituents. And boy, this staff has really done that--small staff, a lot of work.
Rachel Haas has joined our association as office manager just 6 months ago. Already we can't imagine what we ever did without her. Just stand. We're not going to have applause for everybody. Hold your applause. I just want them to stand.
Andrew Shoenig, who is our international programs officer, does such a terrific job implementing all the Capitol Hill events that you've heard about. He started as an intern and has now been with us full-time for over a year.
Sharon Witiw, she is our member services manager. She takes exceptionally good care of our 600 association members and all their various requests, needs, and inquiries. She is also in charge of the Congress to Campus program.
We have Meltem Ercan, who is our international programs manager, with particular focus on the wonderful Turkey program that you've heard about and will read about. She served for many years as the head of protocol at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
Sabine Schleidt is our international programs director. She oversees all the current Member programs, which is so impressive and important. I'm very impressed with the kind of work that she has done in her outreach. In less than 2 years, she has created two international outreaches that are already a big success: the Congressional Study Group on Europe; and the Diplomatic Advisory Group, which has about 25 to 30 Ambassadors from the region who are part of it.
Peter Weichlein is the chief executive officer, 14 years with the Association, 10 years in top positions, and he works so darn hard.
So I'd like you to give a round of applause to the staff. But before you do that, I want to add somebody else who is such a great communications expert, Dava Guerin. She has taken on the role of our communications director. She tells our story, connects us with the media, all at a ridiculously low rate.
I want to thank Dava, and I want to thank all the staff.
Now will you give them a round of applause. I wish we had more time for me to tell you more about what they do, but you will get to know them as you get more involved with the association.
Now, every year at our annual meeting, we ask the membership to elect new officers and board members. In the past we've done so in a separate business meeting of the membership, but it occurred to us that there is no better place for holding a vote than the Chamber of the House of Representatives. I therefore now read you the names of the candidates for officers and board members. They're all running unopposed. I would have never known what that was like ever, but I do now. I therefore ask for a simple ``yea'' or ``nay'' as I present to you the list of candidates as a slate. I'm going to do it quickly because, again, in the interest of time.
For the association's board of directors, the candidates are: Russ Carnahan of Missouri Bob Carr of Michigan Bob Clement of Tennessee Jim Courter of New Jersey Lou Frey of Florida Bart Gordon of Tennessee Dennis Hertel of Michigan Jim Jones of Oklahoma Scott Klug of Wisconsin Ron Sarasin of Connecticut Olympia Snowe of Maine Cliff Stearns of Florida Steve LaTourette of Ohio.
All in favor of these 13 former Members to our board of directors please say ``yea.'' All opposed? Hearing no objection, the slate has been elected by the membership.
Next, we will elect our executive committee. Barbara Kennelly, Dennis Hertel, and I are finishing the first year of our 2-year term and are therefore not up for election. The candidates for a 1-year term on our executive committee are Jim Walsh of New York for treasurer and Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts for secretary. All in favor of [[Page H2622]] electing these two former Members to a 1-year term on our executive committee, please say ``yea.'' All opposed? Hearing no opposition, the slate has been elected by the membership. Thank you.
It is my sad duty to inform the Congress of those former and current Members who have passed away since our last report. I ask all of you, including the visitors in the gallery, to rise as I read the names; and at the end of the list, we will pay our respect to their memory with a moment of silence. We honor these men and women for their service to our country. They are: Jack Brooks of Texas Cardiss Collins of Illinois David Cornwell of Indiana John Durkin of New Hampshire Mervyn Dymally of California Joseph Early of Massachusetts Bob Edgar of Pennsylvania Robert Gammage of Texas Sam Gibbons of Florida James Grover of New York Daniel Inouye of Hawaii Ed Koch of New York Peter N. Kyros of Maine George McGovern of South Dakota David O'Brien Martin of New York Charlie Rose of North Carolina William Royer of California Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania Sam Steiger of Arizona Donald Tewes of Wisconsin Richard Tonry of Louisiana Charlie Wilson of Ohio We will have a moment of silence.
It's sad to have lost those Members, but they live on in our memory and love.
That concludes the 43rd report to Congress by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. We thank the Congress, the Speaker, and the minority leader for giving us the opportunity to return to this revered Chamber and to report on our association's activities. We look forward to another active and productive year.
Ms. KENNELLY. The Chair terminates the meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9:32 a.m.