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Remembering Wayne Prouse April 14, 2015
Brian Babin, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a great man and a friend, Wayne Prouse. Wayne passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the age of 69. Wayne was an amazing man who shared his love of history and our country with thousands of students over a period of thirty-five years as a teacher in Orange County, Texas. Wayne’s passion for history left a lasting impression on all of those he taught and he is remembered by many for his integrity and honor, qualities he strived to instill into his own students as well. He is fondly remembered by many former students whom he sponsored on trips to our nation’s capital where he introduced them to the memorials celebrating the lives and achievements of our founding fathers. Wayne always taught with two goals in mind—to promote the ideals of American democracy and civic responsibility among all of his students. Wayne’s service to his community didn’t end in the classroom. He proudly shared his love of history by serving on the Orange County Historical Association and as an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, traveling around the country reenacting famous battles. Wayne also served passionately on the board of directors for the Salvation Army, Orange County Retired Teachers Association, Texas Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and as parliamentarian for the Orange County Republican Party. I had the pleasure of getting to know Wayne as an important member of my staff who served the constituents of our district faithfully. Most notably, Wayne was responsible for our Veteran’s Video program where he interviewed combat veterans and later filed DVDs of those interviews with the Library of Congress, where they will remain as important reminders of the service and sacrifices of these brave men and women for generations to come. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to Wayne’s wife, Andrea, his son, Brandon and his grandson, Landon. Wayne will be sorely missed by my staff, our community, and his former students, but his passion for history and the valuable lessons he taught will certainly live on."
A Tribute To The Franciscan Sisters Of Mary March 24, 2015
William Clay, D-MO
"In the midst of it all, a microphone was thrust in front of Sister Antona. She spoke simply and from her heart into a sea of Confederate flags: “I am here because I am a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.” She later recalled, “We wore our full regalia of habits at that time. We got a lot of people shook up who thought we should be in church with our hands folded.” Many years later, she added, “Selma happened really because it was the time and place to take a risk. Taking a risk has its payoff, too.” Their courageous actions led to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of "
150Th Anniversary Of Burlington, Vermont Police Department March 16, 2015
Patrick Leahy, D-VT
"Mr. President, next week I will join many Vermonters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Burlington Police Department, which was established in early 1865 with the appointment of the city’s first constable, Luman A. Drew. For the sake of historical perspective: Mr. Drew was chosen for this high post after his service in the pursuit and capture of a group of Confederate cavalrymen who had raided nearby St. Albans, robbing its banks and burning its buildings before fleeing toward Canada."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions February 12, 2015
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"Just a few months later, President Street Station served as a backdrop for what many historians consider to be the first bloodshed of the Civil War. The Baltimore Riot of 1861 occurred when Lincoln called for Union volunteers to quell the rebellion at Fort Sumter in Charleston. On this day in history, April 19, 1861, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania volunteers were met and attacked by a mob of secessionist and Confederate sympathizers. The bloody confrontation left four dead and 36 wounded. As the war continued, the Station remained a critical link for the Union. Troops and supplies from the north were regularly shuttled through the station to support Union soldiers."
Tributes For Gov. James B. Edwards January 6, 2015
Joe Wilson, R-SC
"James B. Edwards exhibited, among many other positive attributes, a keen sense of the politically possible. So when the oral surgeon from Mount Pleasant launched his 1974 gubernatorial bid, he knew it was a very long shot. Yet he also knew something few politicians or pundits of that time realized: A powerful public demand for limited government and fiscal responsibility—and for a more conservative Republican party to lead that charge—was on the rise. It was made to order for Dr. Edwards’ political philosophy. And his engaging personal style helped him advance those goals on behalf of the public he served so well for so long as, among other jobs, governor of South Carolina and president of the Medical University of South Carolina. His death Friday at age 87 warrants a fresh recognition of his remarkable, admirable legacy—in and out of elective office. How stacked did the deck look against Dr. Edwards’ 1974 run for governor? It had been less than two years since he had won his first elective office as a state senator. It had been three years since he had lost his run for the 1st District congressional seat, though he did win the GOP nonmination in that race. And it had been 100 years since South Carolinians had elected a Republican governor. Dr. Edwards’ GOP primary opponent, retired Gen. William Westmoreland, had a huge name- recognition edge. And even after Dr. Edwards won that primary, he again was the underdog in the general election. But Democratic primary winner Charles “Pug” Ravenel was removed as his party’s nominee on a residency challenge, elevating runner-up William Jennings Bryan Dorn to the ballot. Dr. Edwards made 20th century history by defeating the 13-term congressman from the 3rd District. During his 1975-79 gubernatoral tenure, Dr. Edwards further established himself as a major player in the GOP’s shift to the right. After initially supporting former Texas Gov. John Connally, Gov. Edwards became a prominent supporter of Ronald Reagan’s 1976 bid for the party’s presidential nomination against incumbent Gerald Ford. Though that effort fell short, it set the stage for Mr. Reagan’s successful 1980 run. Despite his solid conservative credentials, Gov. Edwards established himself as a master of crossing party lines. As governor, he worked with the Democratic-controlled Senate and House to expand South Carolina’s industrial base with assorted incentives, uplift poor school districts with the Education Finance Act and protect the state’s long-term financial stability with a “rainy day” fund. Gov. Edwards also advanced the reorganization of state government. One of his allies in Columbia, Carroll Campbell, later became an effective champion of that cause during his two terms as governor (1987-95). S.C. governors were limited to a single term when Dr. Edwards served in that position. So after Mr. Reagan won the presidency in 1980, Dr. Edwards became U.S. energy secretary. He and President Reagan advocated eliminating the department. As then-Secretary Edwards warned: “There is only one thing that produces energy, and that’s the private sector, which government has hamstrung.” Secretary Edwards and his boss pushed to fold the agency into the Department of Commerce. Though Congress wouldn’t go along with that, Energy Secretary Edwards did manage to deeply cut the agency’s budget and reduce its staff by 2,000. He stepped up to another challenge in 1996, joining fellow former Govs. Campbell, John West, Robert McNair and Dick Riley in bi-partisan backing of Gov. David Beasley’s courageous call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse dome. And under his 1982-99 leadership as MUSC president, the size of the campus more than tripled from 1.5 million square feet to 5 million square feet. Along the expanding way, MUSC’s reputation for providing both high-quality medical education and health care grew, too. In that ongoing process, the school has attracted top medical, research and teaching talent. MUSC paid fitting tribute to its former leader in 2010 when it dedicated the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. At the time of the dental college dedication, Dr. Jack Sanders, dean of that school, offered this accurate assessment of Dr. Edwards’ lasting contributions: “His entire life stands as a testament to the values of integrity and service, which we hope to instill in each of our students.” James B. Edwards’ legacy in South Carolina, at MUSC and beyond will long live on."

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