Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of former Sen. George McGovern:
"Senator George McGovern never stopped fighting for the causes of peace, freedom, and human dignity at home and around the world. From his humble roots in South Dakota to his heroic service as a bomber pilot over Europe in World War II, from his decades in public office to his run for the presidency, Senator McGovern's own life exemplified the American Dream that he worked so hard to make possible for millions.
"George McGovern made it his life's work to end the plague of hunger across the globe and here at home. He was a pioneer of our successful food stamp program and, working across the aisle with former Senator Bob Dole, helped expand funding for free and reduced cost school lunches. As Director of the Food for Peace program under President Kennedy, Senator McGovern strengthened our leadership around the world by helping feed millions with surplus American produce.
"While many of his ideas may have been ahead of his time, they have since helped shape our policies as a nation. I join in expressing my condolences to Senator McGovern's family and celebrating his life and contribution to the country he loved to serve."