Hoyer Gives Speech on the Passing of Svend Auken on the House Floor

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... extraneous material, mr. hoyer, maryland. ms. woolsey, california, mr. mcgovern, maine. ms. kaptur, ohio. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, and under a previous order of the house, the following members are are recognized for five minutes each. mr. hoyer from maryland. mr. hoyer: revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, i rise to mark the death of a good friend and a good friend of america. sven who died last month after a long struggle with cancer. he was the first vice president of the danish parliament and was a political legend in his country. i had the opportunity to meet and work closely with sven on many occasions, most recently when he was one of mice gracious hosts on a trip to denmark this may. each time, each time i was impressed by the vitality, the sense of humor, the idealism of this man who devoted his life to public service. from the day he entered politics at the age of 28, right up to his death a few weeks ago, sven was a kind, wise, and insightful friend. i'll miss him. today i rise to offer my condolences to his wife, anne, his children and other friends and family whom he left behind. i also of course rise to pay him tribute. sven's country is home to a proud and political tradition. it stretches from the solidarity danes showed when they protected their jewish fellow citizens from the onslaught of the holocaust, to the foresight men den mark proved by becoming entirely energy independent. he was a real humanitarian and visionary. a visionary political thinker worthy of his poud heritage. as leader of the social democrats and long serving minister for the environment and energy, sven left a powerful mark on his country and on europe. and became an inspiration to leaders around the world struggling to confront common threats such as global warming. as a leading danish paper wrote, and i quote, the country's landscape specked with the thousands of windmills that has become a symbol of denmark can be traced back to his efforts. he deserves credit for his country's secure retirement system as well. his friendship wasn't just meaningful to me on a personal level, the relationship and respect he cultivated on both sides of our political aisle helped to cement the powerful friendship between america and its key nato ally, denmark, as a danish american myself and member of congress, i have been proud to support and nurture this key alliance. i chair the congressiona friends of denmark caucus along with my friend, howard coble. and i meet frequently with visiting danish leaders whose inquisitive and analytical approach in meetings is always very notable. though sven is gone, i know that the progress he made for his country and the friendship he helped sustain with ours will be among his lasting legacies. i also know that he lived a full, committed, and creative life. as sven said when he announced his decision to continue serving despite his cancer, and i quote, the amount of time you have left to live be it short or long is life itself. and you shouldn't squander it. sven did not squander his life. i believe that sven died secure in the knowledge that he made everything he could of the time he was given and there is no better end than that. i pay respect to a friend, a colleague, a great danish leader, a greature peaian leader, a great international citizen. sven, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. dreier of california for today. mrs. mccarthy of new york for today and the balance of the week. mr. rodriguez of texas for today. and mr. tanner of tennessee for today and september 9. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. the chair recognizes mr. jones of north carolina. mr. jones: i ask unanimous consent that i might speak at this time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones: madam speaker, on june 25, 2009, i joined congressman jim mcgovern and offered an amendment to the ...