Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye:
“Today, the United States lost a great statesman and decorated war hero. As a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Daniel K. Inouye gave his right arm in service to his country during World War II in an action that earned him the Medal of Honor. He then continued to give America every measure of his energy, his wisdom, and his devotion through public service.
“As Hawaii’s first Congressman and, subsequently, as a nine-term Senator, Daniel Inouye embodied the spirit of ‘aloha’ in his work. Serving as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he worked to strengthen our national security and help veterans access the benefits they’ve earned. He was a consistent champion for the interests of Hawaii’s people. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Senator Inouye, and my thoughts are with his family and with the people of his beloved Hawaii, who will always remember him for his leadership and his courage.”