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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the Death of Senator Frank Lautenberg

“I was saddened to hear of Senator Lautenberg’s passing this morning. The people and State of New Jersey have lost a fighter, an advocate and a man who was devoted to making the American Dream accessible to all New Jersey families.

“The son of immigrants who went on to great success in the business world, Senator Lautenberg’s life was the embodiment of the American Dream.  He had the distinction of being the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate and will always be remembered as a true fighter for his country and for the people he so ably represented during a distinguished career in public service.

“Senator Lautenberg did so much for the people of this country. His work fighting to protect our environment and the health of our children and grandchildren made our world a better place.  He helped improve the GI Bill for the 21st Century to make college more accessible to veterans; wrote the ‘Toxic Right to Know’ law that enables communities to know what pollutants are in their neighborhoods; helped ban smoking on airplanes; and wrote legislation that ensured domestic abusers could not possess guns.  These are just a few of his many accomplishments in the U.S. Senate.

“America owes Senator Lautenberg a debt of gratitude for his lifetime of service to his country and his state. New Jersey families could always count on Senator Lautenberg to fight for them in the Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”