Whip Hoyer Honors Congressman Bill Young

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“Bill Young was my friend. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Bill Young was an example for us all. I will have the privilege of speaking on Thursday, at his request, at his funeral. Bill and I served on the Appropriations Committee for twenty-three years together. Then I left when I became Majority Leader.

“Bill Young was, as I said, a gentleman who cared about each and every individual in this House. More than that, he cared for each and every person who served in uniform in our armed forces. He and Beverly displayed that, as Congressman Miller has said, on a weekly, daily basis.

“I'm a Democrat, Bill was a Republican. Didn't make any difference. He was an American, I was an American, and we served our country together. No one served it better than Bill Young. He chose to see our differences as slight and our common purpose as great. He always chose civility over partisanship. He was a skilled legislator on behalf of the people of Pinellas County, Florida, on behalf of Florida, on behalf of his country, on behalf of the members of the armed forces and the defense of this country.

“He was a champion of our men and women in uniform, veterans and their families – all of whom, wherever they lived, he viewed as his constituents. This bill to rename the V.A. hospital in Bay Pines, Florida, which I am proud to co-sponsor, is a fitting tribute to his devotion to our veterans and our troops.

“Though he represented Florida longer than any Member of this House in history, Bill was originally from a hardscrabble coal mining town in Pennsylvania. It was there he learned many lessons about the hardships facing working families and the need to ensure that opportunities were in their reach. He never forgot that. He was a great Member of this body – a very powerful Member of this body. An extraordinary, influential American. But to all of us, he was Bill. To all those he came in contact, he was Bill. He was a person who understood the needs, the fears, the aspiration, the hopes of his people and the people of our country.

“My thoughts are with Beverly, with Bill Young's family, the people of Florida's Thirteenth District. This House has lost a great Member.”