Hoyer Statement in Memory of Abe Pollin

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... that the senate agreed to without objection amendment house concurrent resolution 214, appointment ronald reagan centennial commission. with best wishes i am, signed sincerely, lorraine c. miller, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the distinguished majority leader rise? mr. hoyer: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, our capital city is mourning the death of one of its leading citizens. a man i was proud to call my friend, abe poland. my thoughts and sympathy are with his wife, irene, and his sons, robert and jim. abe's business skill, his philanthropy changed washington, d.c., for the better. and indeed his legacy extends far beyond this city. it is a legacy that will long outlive abe poland himself but i rise today to honor the man behind it. abe was the son of a russian immigrant who came to this country speaking no english and he rose to become one of this city's most successful developers. he was a boy whose fondest memories were paying 25 cents to sit in the bleachers at washington senators' games. and even when he brought basketball and the hockey teams to washington, he kept his childhood passion for sports. the same work ethic that sent him to local railroad yards at 4:00 in the morning to buy supplies for his father's contracting business helped make him a fortune. building howing for thousands. for some that would have been enough but for abe it was only the beginning. like his father, morris, whose generosity earned him the nickname charity in the jewish community, he is among those traditions. there are thousands and thousands who owe him thanks whether or not they knew him firsthand. there are sons and daughters of 9/11 victims whose education abe helped pay for, d.c. affordable housing that abe built. speaking in 1997 of the centerpiece of washington's downtown rebirth, abe said this, i walked through that building and i get toors in my eyes. i got -- get tears in my eyes. i got everything in my life on the line. it was his money that helped pay for that building. my advisors think i'm nuts but i wanted to do something special for my town. indeed, abe poland's life was something special for this town, for sports, not only in this town but in america, and for his country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. smith: mr. speaker, to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: mr. speaker, as part of a nationwide effort to pass the right kind of health care reform, a constituent from austin, greg holliday, has written an open letter to congress. he represents the organization, commonsense texans. quote, my name is greg holloway. i speak not only for myself and my family but also for over 100,000 other texans with whom i collaborate and who i know share my views. you tell us that you are concerned about health care for our disadvantaged citizens. we are too. we wrote a plan published by the austin american statesman that would immediately allow up to $100 billion annually to be sent directly to private health care and health insurance for the needy without a raise in taxes. you ignore any of our alternatives and instead raise taxes, increase costs and draft a bill that excludes millions and provides no meaningful health care benefits until 2013. stop this bill and give us health care reform that will help, not hurt, our country and its citizens, end quote. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona rise? >> i request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. kirkpatrick: mr. speaker, the holiday season should be a joyous time for all as we celebrate with our loved ones and count our blessings. unfortunately, many families have been hit hard by the downturn and are feeling the pinch during this special time. far too many people in my district are out of work and even more are making due with less. it will be a challenge for them to make sure their children have a memorable holiday. i am confident they will do and ...