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Remarks by Representative Rogers

Of Massachusetts

Mrs. ROGERS. Mr. Speaker, I learned with deep sorrow of the death of our fellow Member and friend, STEVEN V. CARTER.

He was a man of fine ability and strong convictions, and I have never seen greater courage in great physical suffering.

He was devoted to the veterans' cause, and it was fine to work with him. The people of Massachusetts who met him at the time of the hearings on veterans' affairs at the statehouse liked and appreciated him so much.

We extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his loved ones.

Remarks by Representative Roosevelt

Of California

Mr. ROOSEVELT. Mr. Speaker, STEVEN CARTER was a marked man from the beginning of his term in the House of Representatives. He had won a signal political victory, then had exhibited for all to see a devotion to duty and courage, in the face of physical afflictions, which are only the gifts of the very great and true men.

Knowing STEVE and sharing with him his beliefs and ideals was a privilege which none who have had it will soon forget. If he was taken away from us before he could complete his work, he should feel assured that he left a host of friends determined to plow ahead. The rich memories which he has left behind will be augmented, Mr. Speaker, by the many thoughtful and generous gifts which, at the wish of STEVE and his family, have been turned into dollars to find a cure for the dread disease that struck him down.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research, to which these gifts have been entrusted, is not only deeply grateful for the thought of STEVE, which the donors have so eloquently expressed, but for the responsibility which these gifts give to that institute to strive in every way to make that help bring to reality through research the cure, or cures, which may lie ahead for thousands in the future.

To all his friends, but especially to his wife and his family, go our warmest and deepest expressions of friendship and sympathy and the hope that the plaque which will be erected at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research in STEVE's honor will symbolize, in some part at least for them, the many contributions which STEVE made to others during his life.

Remarks by Representative Quigley

Of Pennsylvania

Mr. QUIGLEY. Mr. Speaker, in one brief 48-hour period during the first week of last November this body lost three distinguished Members and for myself three very good and very dear friends.

I had the privilege of knowing STEVE CARTER less than a year. I first made his acquaintance when he came to the 86th Congress, and I had the honor of serving with him as a member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House.

My close friendship with Charlie Boyle and his wonderful family began some 5 years ago when we both entered this body as freshmen Members of the 84th Congress. However, my friendship with Al Bush predates my arrival to this body by many years. My first meeting with Mr. Bush was not as a congressional colleague or as a political opponent. Our initial association was that of a lawyer-client relationship. As a young lawyer I had the task of guiding Congressman Bush and his son through an acute crisis in their family bus business. During that case I literally lived in the Bush household. Ultimately the crisis passed. We all survived it, and I not only had the grand and satisfying reward of winning the case but of beginning a close and intimate friendship, a friendship which membership in this House has enkindled and a friendship which political differences never dampened.

Mr. Speaker, as we pause today to pay tribute to each of our departed colleagues who were with us when we adjourned last September and who are not with us today, and as we attempt to extend our condolences to the Bush, to the Boyle, and to the Carter families, I cannot help but note

that in each of their untimely passings there is a stern reminder of the task remaining before us. Al Bush was felled by a heart attack. Charlie Boyle died in a tragic highway accident. STEVE CARTER was a victim of the dread disease cancer. The unanswered challenge to bring under control each of these three couriers of death and suffering and heartbreak, cancer, heart disease, and highway accidents, is a task that lies before us. There is nothing that we can say or do that will return our colleagues to us or to their families and the words we say here will at best be inadequate to console the families in their great loss, or even in paying a deserving tribute to each of our three departed colleagues.

However, Mr. Speaker, I suggest that in the days ahead we can here in the Congress do everything that it is possible for us to do to see to it that each of these three scourges which have struck down our colleagues are ultimately banished from our midst so that they will no longer be permitted to impose the heavy hand of sorrow they have visited on the families and friends of Al Bush, Charlie Boyle, and STEVE CARTER. I suggest, Mr. Speaker, in paying this tribute that no more fitting tribute could be paid to three great and good men.

Remarks by Representative Hoeven

Of Iowa

Mr. HOEVEN. Mr. Speaker, I join my Iowa colleagues in expressing deep regret at the passing of my good friend, STEVE CARTER. Although I did not know him before he came to Congress, I soon learned to admire and respect him. His unfortunate illness brought out the best in him. In spite of his pain and suffering he faced life with a smile. During his short service in the House, STEVE CARTER demonstrated his ability as a good public servant.

I attended the funeral of STEVE CARTER where I saw demonstrated, at the large attendance, the love and respect in which he was held by his friends and neighbors, who knew him best. STEVE Carter well served his day and generation. Mrs. Hoeven joins me in extending our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Carter and all members of the family.

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