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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Obama Honors Senator Frank Lautenberg: ‘He Improved The Lives Of Countless Americans’

Obama Honors Senator Frank Lautenberg: ‘He Improved The Lives Of Countless Americans’

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) — the last veteran of World War II still serving in the U.S. Senate — died Monday of complications caused by viral pneumonia, after more than three decades of accomplishments in the upper chamber of Congress.

A successful and influential New Jersey businessman, Lautenberg was elected to the Senate five times, the first at age 58. He championed public transportation and took on the tobacco industry with landmark legislation that banned smoking on all commercial air travel.

“With this legislation, non-smokers, including children and infants, will be free from secondhand smoke,” Lautenberg said when his bill passed in 1989. “Working flight attendants will avoid a hazard that has jeopardized their health and their jobs.”

“He improved the lives of countless Americans with his commitment to our nation’s health and safety, from improving our public transportation to protecting citizens from gun violence to ensuring that members of our military and their families get the care they deserve,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Lautenberg was behind the law that established 21 as the national drinking age by threatening states that refused to comply with a cut of 10 percent in federal highway funds. His “Toxic Right to Know” legislation forced disclosure of pollutants into communities. A beneficiary of the GI Bill, he helped pass the 21st-Century GI Bill for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.

The 1996 “Lautenberg Amendment” to the Gun Control Act of 1968 made it illegal for those convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order to own, transport or possess firearms. It also made it a crime to sell firearms to those individuals.

Lautenberg retired from the Senate in 2000, but returned in 2002 for what he called his “second tour of duty.” The senator had been sick and absent from Capitol Hill for most of the last year, and the chamber erupted in applause when he returned earlier this year to vote for stricter gun laws.

He announced that he would not seek another term, but only after Newark mayor Cory Booker revealed that he would pursue Lautenberg’s seat.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) can either name a replacement to finish out the rest of the senator’s term or call a special election in November. Most expect the governor to appoint a Republican who will narrow the Democrats’ slim majority in the Senate.

“We had some good fights over our time — battles on philosophy and the role of government,” Governor Christie said Monday. “I think the best way to describe Frank Lautenberg and the way he would probably want to be described to all of you today is as a fighter. Senator Lautenberg fought for the things he believed in, and sometimes he just fought because he liked to.”

 

  • howa4x

    Christie better be careful with this pick. He is governor of a blue sate and if he tries to burnish his conservative credentials by picking a someone too far to the right he may get a backlash in November on his re election. Lautenberg was an activist who championed causes that affected residents here. If Christie picks someone who is only there for the politics of no he will hear it. Whoever he picks will be covered closely by all state papers So there is no run and hide on this one.

    • RobertCHastings

      Christie has over the past year or so shown that he is much more toward the center of the political spectrum than many of his fellow Republican governors. Or, for that matter, most of our national legislators of the Republican persuasion. He is one of those who feels a true need to serve those who have elected him. If he does choose a Republican to replace the Democratic Lautenberg, I feel certain it will NOT be a conservative or Tea Party Republican, but one closer to the center. After all, despite his protestations to the contrary, Christie is losing weight to run for President in 2016. What would really be interesting would be for him to change his party affiliation and THEN appoint someone to replace Laughtenberg.

      • howa4x

        He is still doing some antics. Like stealing from the utility surcharge program(our money) at the sum of 720 million to balance the budget. Last year he wanted to steal from the transportation trust fund to give a tax cut to the wealthy but was stopped by the legislature. I see him as a run of the mill governor, stealing from peter to pay paul

        • RobertCHastings

          I do not know your party affiliation or what your personal biases may be, but it is good to get a little balance to the recent picture of Governor Christie. Seems like the media wants to portray him almost as a savior of the Republican party. Thanks for the insights.

          • Fern Woodfork

            Krispy Kreem Is Just Another No Good Ass GOP Bully!! 🙁

          • RobertCHastings

            Yes, he is a GOP bully, hiding behind the mask of “telling it like it is”, or, at least how he sees it. Amazing how a public health care professional to whom his health issues are quite apparent can say something about it and he immediately jumps on her with both feet. However, he is pretty much the ONLY GOP bully who hasn’t been trash mouthing Obama, which says something for him.

          • Fern Woodfork

            Christie Is Union Bushing, Turn Down Wage Hikes And All The Other No Good Things His Party Does!! And Yes He Has Been Obama Bashing Until Hurricane Sandy, Just Not As Much As His Party Of Thugs!!

          • RobertCHastings

            His decision regarding the special election does lend credence to your argument.

  • earlwatters

    who cares he was a commie demarcate that kissed obama ass like all the rest

    • johninPCFL

      Your dentist called. You still have more teeth than IQ points. Third grade will be just as bad for you next year.

      • Fern Woodfork

        I Believe earlwatters Is lana ward!!

        • johninPCFL

          I’m not sure whether it was Anal Warts or Forrest Gump. Either way I figured it was a proud red-state poster child.

          • Fern Woodfork

            In Other Words A Poster Child That Should Have Been Aborted!! LOL

    • DukeDacat

      Hey Earlworm, how a bout kissing my ass!!!

      • earlwatters

        the truth hurts doesn’t

        • geraldhoey

          Hey earl, try some spelling and grammar lessons before you post.

        • RobertCHastings

          How would you know? Have you ever met it? I didn’t think so.

    • howa4x

      You must be from a red state. In the blue ones spelling counts

    • RobertCHastings

      If you are capable, I honestly believe a little research would benefit you enormously. Determine, if you are able, just what the political spectrum looked like thirty years ago, what issues Democrats and Republicans championed, and compare that with today. I know of two older Americans who changed their party affiliation from Republican to Democrat recently because the Republicans had moved too far to the right. Unfortunately, they have made the Democrats more conservative in the process.

      • Fern Woodfork

        Looks Like lana ward got Itself Another ID!!! LOL Dumb Ass Bitch!!

  • Jim Myers

    The honorable thing to do would be for Governor Christie to call for a special election in November.

    To appoint anyone now would hurt him with the Republicans if he doesn’t name a “Tea Party” type to replace Lautenberg.

    On the other hand, if he does appoint a “Tea Party” type, it would be a slap in the face to President Obama.

    After all the support the President gave New Jersey after Sandy hit, Governor Christie should think long and hard about how he wants to repay President Obama.

    • RobertCHastings

      I assume you saw the news from yesterday (June 4). Of all the choices Christie COULD have made, he actually DID make the worst by calling for a special election just three weeks before their general election.

  • Morbas

    Appoint Hilliary Clinton, whom has no aspiration to stay in the seat.

  • Robert P. Robertson

    There should be a special election for the people to decide who represents them. Placing a Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag in the place of a representative elected by the people is unconstitutional. A special election by the people would resolve it.

    • Fern Woodfork

      You Got That Right My Friend!! 🙂

      • Robert P. Robertson

        😉