tv Former Rep. Louise Slaughter Memorial Serivce CSPAN April 19, 2018 12:00pm-1:09pm EDT
family attended the event held in the u.s. capitol. speakers included fellow new york congressional delegation members paul tonko and senate minority leader chuck schumer. as well as house minority leader nancy pelosi and speaker paul ryan. one of her daughters spoke. this is an hour. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors by the united states air force color guard, our national anthem and the
invocation given by father conroy. >> ♪ o, say, can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air
chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of heaven and earth, the work of your hands is made known in your bountiful creation and in the lives of those who faithfully live in your grace. today, we especially remember the life and work of louise slaughter, daughter of kentucky, but fierce representative of the 25th district of new york for more than 30 years. her impact on the public beyond the public weal, beyond her own district far exceeded any projection of ego strength. may we all be inspired by her example to be men and women impeled to improve the lives and prospects of our fellow citizens, while eschewing any honor or glory for ourselves as she did. do our part to increase
understanding and respect across the many divides that characterize our national dna. be present with us this day, o god, as we mark her life and remember her legacy. bless this gathering and comfort us as we comfort one another in remembering a great american and a genuinely good woman. amen. mr. tonko: good afternoon. i'm paul tonko and represent the 20th congressional district of new york, but most importantly, i bear the label of longtime buddy of congresswoman louise slaughter.
thank you all for being here to honor and remember a great friend and extraordinary human being, congresswoman louise slaughter. i had the good fortune of meeting louise in the early 1980's, when we entered as freshmen into the new york state assembly. as i think back on our friendship and her decades of service, i am reminded of her strength, her bright-eyed laughter, the sweet kentucky honey in her voice, and that fierce glamour she delivered each and every day, oftentimed showcased as the storyteller that she is. and while no matter how small or large the audience, she loved to entertain with her storytelling. and i, and we, miss her terribly. louise was a visionary in the truest sense. she lifted the cause of women's rights, of racial, social, and
environmental justice on to her mighty shoulders and carried them across decades. as the only microbiologist in congress, she fought to protect us from genetic discrimination, from antibiotic-resistant diseases, and from the threat of corruption and greed in the people's house. and she helped open the door to affordable health care for millions of americans. louise was mighty for us. she made the rules, she bent the arc of history toward justice. her achievements in life were historic, a legacy of service that will continue to lift each and every one of us for generations to come. her life will impact generations unborn. louise loved much and was much loved. to all who were lucky enough to know and claim her, her friends,
her colleagues, her office and committee staff, and, yes, indeed, most importantly, her family, louise's friendship was a gift a blessing. -- they get, -- a gift, a blessing. let our grief at her absence be part of that blessing. let us be animated by our memories of her that our backbones might be more steeled, our eyes more bright, and our stories more human. today i rise for you, louise. thank you for your light and in your gift of your life. rest in peace, my friend, you will never be forgotten. [applause] ms. moore: praise god for the life of louise slaughter. my name is gwendolyn moore. i'm a member from wisconsin's fourth congressional district,
from milwaukee, the milky way. let me just tell you that this is -- this experience of transitioning and having your friends and loved ones transitioning is something we all must face and all must endure. but, you know, and i just recently, just last week, buried my sister, who i called mama sister, because she was like my second mother. and just want to tell you a little funny story. i was over at her house with some cousins and with my little granddaughter, and my other sister was saying, gwen, do you want her fur coat? do you want her grandfather clock? i said no, no, no. all i want are those boxes of l.p.'s she has in the basement. and my granddaughter, who is 14, said, grandma, what are l.p.'s? well, louise was an l.p. she was a long-playing record.
[laughter] representative moore: louise lived 88 years, people, and had she not worked in this insane environment, it's hard to believe she wouldn't have hit 100 at least. i mean, she had energy like no one else. i traveled with louise on the helsinki commission, traveled with her to rochester, her and bob, and, i mean, i was just like family with them. and i will miss her for that. i remember the first time my baby sister brenda saw louise on tv, and i walked into my apartment here on the hill, and she said, who is that? who is that old lady? you know, what's her name? and finally, when we determined that it was louise slaughter, she said that old lady was kicking that behind today.
[laughter] moore: she was sure enough bringing it to them. she was one long playing act. brilliant. not one ounce of dementia. she was quick-witted. you sit in that rules committee, she could snap -- i know the republicans can attest to that. that she didn't miss a beat. she's an l.p. because she had lots of personality. i mean, the thing that tickled me so much was the bob story. i mean i'm always fascinated, as , a person who doesn't have a husband, nobody has ever wanted to marry me -- [laughter] representative moore: i'm always interested in hearing the story, paul, you promised to find me a husband, you didn't do it. another broken promise of the republicans. i said,tative moore: well, you know, louise, how did you get with bob and stay with
bob and so on? she said, girl, when i saw him, i said, i have got to have him. [laughter] representative moore: here's somebody who is 88 years old and still loves her husband and he loved her and they are -- they are together, and i am happy for them to have rejoined each other . i mean this woman had swagger. , she had style. and she used to see me all the time fawning over anybody and anything that was orange. i love the color orange. only reason i'm not wearing it today is because i'm scared of frederica wilson. [laughter] fredericative moore : said on wednesday you have to wear red. and you'll see a whole lot of people today wearing red because frederica. but i love orange, and louise went out and bought me an orange purse, because i love orange so much, and she is a person that
had the kind of swagger and just was friendly and loving and did that. oh, i'm telling you. louise had a lot of power. she was an l.p. i mean, on that rules committee, i mean, that is a committee that sets the agenda for congress. i don't know how she did it. that light would be on, 2:00, 3:00 in the morning. you know. and, i mean, how do you do that? she went through all kinds of illness, broken femur. you know, and she still wielded power. but what i loved about her is that she wielded it for the little people. you've heard the special orders and tributes that have been made to her, and she always cared about the people who had no health care, the people who didn't own stocks, the people who would be victimized by too many -- too
many things in foods that were not healthy for them, antibiotics and such. she was fervent about protecting little people. and she was a lover of people. she loved people. she was so friendly. she was one of the most approachable members around here. and i have -- i have -- i've benefited from that tremendously. she was somebody who loved people. you know, she told me once, she shared something with me once about bob. she said that when she first brought bob home to meet her parents, and her dad made his initial assessment of bob, she said, he just cares too much for the common man. and louise was a lover of people and she cared about the common man. and finally, as i hurry to a close as they say in the baptist
church, louise was the life of the party. i'm telling you, we would get down to the democratic club, and she would hold court. she walked in, and i would say, all rise, louise is arriving! and i will miss her so much, but i am 67 years old today, and one of the things i have learned in this life is that people never really leave you if you don't forget them. and if you don't forget the things that they taught you and shared with you. you know. you will never be left behind. god bless you all, god bless the family of louise slaughter, and we will never, ever forget you know, louise slaughter was my friend. i loved louise. and i think many of you shared that also. and one thing i knew about louise, she always had my back.
she always had my back. and what struck me when we went to rochester for the services were the many people with louise buttons that lined the streets. i knew then that she had their backs, too. she made each person feel so special. maybe it was her southern twang that pulled you in or the sparkle in her eyes or just the fact that being around louise was such fun. i first met louise when i joined the house rules committee. i was new to congress, had just been elected. now, i barely understood the rules of the house, and here i was assigned to the rules committee. and dear louise, she said, honey, do not worry.
we got it. louise took me under her wing. -- wing taught me not only the , rules of the house, but the rules of louise. be cordial. be kind. know your stuff. understand it is a privilege to serve in the house of representatives. always stay true to your word. and fight for what you believe is right. and probably most importantly, laugh, laugh, laugh with your friends. which she and i did a lot. we spent many memorable days and nights together when i was on the rules committee. it was amazing. sometimes 24 hours. you learn a lot about each other then, especially when we're on the passage of the affordable care act.
and the lovely thing is, is that her love of her life, bob, her husband, was there, too, sitting in the rules committee. just practically an honorary member of the rules committee. it was so wonderful to see them together, lock eyes. it was wonderful. and louise' leadership kept everyone around her going through those late nights, and her wit helped ease the tense days. you know, louise traced her lineage back to daniel boone. you can kind of see the frontier person in her. she was a pioneer herself. the daughter of a kentucky blacksmith. she went on to fight for the people of western new york. and was the first woman, as we know, to serve as chair of the
powerful house rules committee. and not far from louise's district is a site of the historic seneca falls convention. louise drew from that history and spent her career championing the causes of women everywhere. as elizabeth cady stanton said, the best protector any woman can have is courage. louise's courage to fight for her progressive ideals, to stand up for equality, to ensure working families have every opportunity to succeed was a model for everyone and particularly young girls everywhere and, really, a model for all of us in congress. and as one of her favorite poets, maya angelou said, each time a woman stands up for herself she stands up for all
women. that's what louise did. and as she stood up for other women, she always stayed true to who she was. she was genuine. she was a real deal. she loved people. and she was so kind. her passion for the arts bridged all of her life experiences. it really came from her family. as a unit, they sang together. and this kept on throughout her life. she loved everything, all kinds of music, from the 1950's, the 1960's, gospel music, hard rock, classical music, country music, everything. there was a sense of communication with louise. she understood that music tied people together, brought people together, brought people to understand each other.
and it was the authenticity and approachability, also paired with her pioneering spirit, that made her both so tenacious and so well loved. she loved everyone. she went up to everyone. whether in the grocery store, whether it was visitors here, not even her constituents, she went up to them and asked them questions. she saw a child and she went down to their level and started talking to them. that's louise. it is with sadness now when i go up to the rules committee. i do feel her presence and her strong opinions. but you know what? i know she's happy. she's now reunited with her dear husband, bob, and chairing the rules committee from up high. louise still rules. thank you. [applause]
representative delauro: we are all f.o.l.'s, friends of louise. i'm rosa delauro, and i represent the third district of connecticut. you know, we all still look for her on the floor. we do. off in the aisle seat there she was because she would hold court in that aisle seat. i remember one of my first memories and my last memory with louise. before i came to congress, i traveled with her to nicaragua, el salvador and costa rica as part of countdown 1987 the campaign to end military funding to the nicaragua contras.
we won that fight, and we cut off military aid. and while we were in nicaragua, we met clandestinely in the middle of the night with the rebels. on our way to a meeting the next day, we were waiting for an elevator. it was endless. it was endless. but then someone explained to us that the elevator was overworked because it was the only elevator in nicaragua. we looked at one another, and we said, we went to war with a country with only one elevator? how could this be? [laughter] elauro: my lastd -- we bought some wonderful sombreros which we took home. my last memory was the evening before louise passed,
visiting her in the hospital with anna eshoo. we were blessed to be able to see her one last time. from the first to the last, to my run for congress in 1990, when she came to connecticut to campaign for me, and in all the years since, it was my honor and privilege to fight side by side with louise slaughter. over her 30-year career, louise fought for peace. she fought for women, she fought for health care, she fought for women's health, she fought for food safety, she fought for workers. she fought to end a war. she was fearless and peerless with a passion and a persistence that would make her dad, a coal mine blacksmith, proud. she never took no for an answer. she never backed away from a fight.
and with that warm smile, a sharp wit, an impish gleam in her eye, and that southern drawl, louise could rip your heart out. [laughter] uro: shetative dela never gave up. you know you all know the saying that during that campaign, which was a tough one, when she broke her leg, and she just said, and i quote, now i will just have a leg up. [laughter] heresentative delauro: legislative achievements spanning a huge breadth of progressive policies including becoming the first woman to chair the powerful house rules committee, since its creation in 1789, reflect that tireless commitment. she built a formidable legacy in her fight for women's health. she sponsored the first law directing the national institutes of health to research
d.e.s., diethylstilbestrol, a drug given to pregnant women in the united states that was found to cause serious birth defects. and before she led the effort, with a number of us, to make sure that the n.i.h. included women in their clinical trials. n.i.h. research was conducted on men only, even for cervical cancer. can you imagine. she was a passionate advocate for health. a microbiologist, she brought an expert's eye to science policy, authoring a law protecting people's genetic information. and ted kennedy called it, and i quote, "the first civil rights legislation of the 21st century." and she was the heartbeat of the american worker. i will always remember our fight against the transpacific
partnership agreement, and when the fast track-bill came to the floor in 2015, louise and i were a team. we ran the war room from her capitol hill office not very far from here. and she said to me, i'll bring the bagels and cream cheese, you bring the list. and when she walked into her office, which was crammed with members and with staff on the phones, making phone calls, and she looked at us and she said, and i quote, "you all look smarter than a tree full of owls." [laughter] mostsentative delauro: recently, we sat side by side in my office every week in trade meetings, talking about the nafta renegotiation. she sat on my living room couch, and all those public policy dinners, week after week, and
she said to me, can i bring bob along? i said, "louise, bob can come without you." she sat in the same place and we're going to put a plaque on that, mr. tonko, to say, this is louise slaughter's chair in this house. louise loved serving in the congress. she loved her husband, bob, and her daughters, megan and amy and robin. she was lovely. you know, my mom's name was louisa, and when she lived with stan and i later in her life, i began to call my mother lou babe. and louise and i got so close that i called her with the same term of endearment, lou babe, my mom and my sister. i love them both. i will close on this. louise was a path breaker. today, we are proud to tell our daughters and our granddaughters that women can do anything.
and today people say, of course, of course, women can go to college. of course, women can go to graduate school. of course, women can be microbiologists. of course, women can be members for seniors, and, of course, women can be members and leaders of the united states congress. of course. louise did every one of those. and by achieving all that she did, she blazed a trail for all women so that they could follow her lead. but most of all, they could follow their dreams. she fought for her values, she fought for women, for working families, and in so doing, she helped pull this nation closer to its ideal, closer to what she knew it could be. she made it a nation where, of
for that and everything else. now it's a privilege here to speak about my dear friend, our colleague, louise slaughter. i used to call her not louise, but as her family knows, and rochesterians know, weezy, out of great love and affection. i see her three wonderful daughter, megan, amy, robin, louise's seven grandchildren, her great-grandson, the light of her life. what a legacy. now, weezy may have been born in kentucky, but she was a new yorker through and through. she never backed down from a challenge, never backed away from a fight, and certainly as we all know was never afraid to speak her mind. that's what made her such a tireless and effective champion for the people of upstate and western new york. her absence will be felt not only by her staff and family and
colleagues gathered here today, but also by her constituents, and all of us in the new york delegation for whom louise accomplished so much. of course, louise, the tireless fighter, was also beloved. she loved rochester. and rochester loved her. from one corner of monroe county to the other, she was simply and belovedly known as louise. when i first ran for the senate, louise volunteered to drive me around her rochester district and introduce me to her constituents. we had worked together for many years in the house, but i had never traveled with her in her district since it was far from my own in brooklyn and queens. now, i expected the usual dog and pony show, stopping to shake some hands, cut some ribbons. turns out wherever we went it was like a family reunion. folks would joyously embrace weezy.
everyone i met seem to have had a story. more often several about how louise had made their lives better. i have one myself. on one of my first press conferences in rochester -- i occasionally do those, you know -- [laughter] senator schumer: i was doing an event and as typical, i lost my reading glasses. my staff was in a tizzy trying to stall the event until we could find them. i felt a tap on my shoulder. here, chuck. use mine. i did the whole press conference in louise's signature red glasses. [laughter] senator schumer: it may have been a simple kindness, but knowing louise, i suspect she was tired of waiting for me to get my act together. and i always thought that louise
had to stay in office as long as she did to give the rest of us time to catch up with her. she treated everybody, republican, democrat, and everyone else, like they were her kin, for better or for worse. sometimes that sometimes meant she told you she thought you were wrong, usually exactly how and why in six different ways you were wrong. as louise was fond of saying, they don't call me slaughter for nothing. i'm sure she's looking down on us right now, probably a little mad i'm taking so long, wondering what the big fuss is about, why we're swapping stories about her when there's so much to be done, because she knew, intimately, having grown up in the coal fields of appalachia, just how high the stakes were. how just one burden lightened could change a life or transform a whole community.
in her memory, let us all commit to the great work of public service with the same humanity, passion, and intensity that defined
louise's amazing career and her amazing life. thank you. [applause] representative pelosi: how many people here were hearing louise slaughter sing "amazing grace" during that beautiful rendition we heard? how many times she moved us to tears when she wasn't moving us to laughter with her beautiful personality? what an honor it is for our colleagues, rosa, gwen, and paul
and i to have this privilege, for us to have this privilege to speak for other colleagues in the congress. thank you, mr. speaker, for bringing us together this afternoon in such a beautiful way. [applause] representative pelosi: because, you know, we all thought we were louise's best friend. every single one of us, right, my colleagues? so many who went to rochester. it's beautiful to see chuck schumer come back over to the house to sing the praises of louise, and again, thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, one of the great privileges and joys of my speakership was to name louise slaughter the first woman chair of the rules committee. [applause] representative pelosi: and i wasn't just proud of it because she was the first woman, but because of the excellence of her work. now, gwen said that her sister said, who is that old lady?
that must have been your younger sister. yes. well, my older brother, who was louise's age, used to say to me, who is that girl on tv? doing such a good job on the rules committee? she's always working. who is that girl? that girl was louise slaughter. and here we are, "amazing grace," louise, so many friends here, really, in the shadow of her fellow kentuckian, here he is right there. the first -- henry clay, who was the speaker of the house. and it says on there, "leader and statesman." and when he passed away, there were a great deal of remembrances of him, no more than of louise slaughter, leader and stateswoman from kentucky, but new yorker through and through, right, joe crowley? so again, it's a blessing for us
to be able to be here with meg and amy and robin, as louise would say, the best family ever, right? and her beautiful grandbaby. she would say the most beautiful baby in the world. in case you didn't know, louise was given to superlatives. [laughter] pelosi:tative superlatives and today we have , the privilege of planting a tree in her honor. now, you have to know what an accomplishment that is, because when they came to me and said they i want to plant a tree in louise's honor i said, what on the first anniversary of her passing? because that's how long it takes to get a tree. not for louise. friday it was decided that a tree was desired, today, the tree was planted, a walnut tree, she loved walnuts. the speaker said they really make it hard to mow a lawn.
and the tree will grow tall, very tall and it will be something, a sight to behold, so beautiful. and then when it grows fuller, it will be a comfort in the shade. but it will be about renewal and growth. and trees and others today spoke about how she, her first civic action was to protect, try to protect a grove of trees in her district. and here we are planting a tree for her today. it was wonderful to see so many members at a bipartisan delegation joined by chairman sessions to go to rochester. it was a beautiful sight to behold. so many members. it was also wonderful to see members of her official family from rochester and from albany, like paul. paul connects in every way. so here we are in this room with an outpouring of love again for someone we loved so dearly.
rosa talked about when she and anna saw louise the last time. i remember that day too. i saw her earlier. and she looked so beautiful. she was ready for bobslaughter. it was one word, bobslaughter. she was louise, one name. but he was one name, bobslaughter. i'll never forget the first time i saw louise, met louise. i was coming to congress, midterm, she was already serving. and i knew of her before because governor mario cuomo had sung her praises to the sky. he said sort of an italian phrase, rosa, you'll understand. wait until you meet louise. she's so spectacular. so when i met her, i told her, i said, i knew of you before because of your reputation, described to me in italian by
governor cuomo, who is so lovely cuomo was at the service in rochester as well. now, rochester was not just her home and her district. it was sort of a state of mind that district, rochester and beyond. it was a hallowed ground for her in many ways, but also she loved the people she represented, but also because it was the birthplace of women's rights and progress. louise felt a deep pride in representing the area around seneca falls and standing on the shoulders of suffragists. she took us there for the 150th anniversary of the seneca falls convention. she took us back again a few years later for our bus tour rosa organized, when women succeed, america succeeds, bus tour. it was all women and paul tonko. [laughter]
representative pelosi: he was our frederick douglass of the group. but more importantly, louise took seriously her responsibility to empower the next generation of women to stand on her shoulders. throughout her time in congress, she mentored staff and other women members to achieve their full potential, and in doing so , she changed the target and culture of the congress. louise made the congress more diverse, more welcoming to women, and more representative of our nation. she encouraged members and staff alike to know their power. we thank her staff. she loved her staff. she took pride in her staff. and i know that they took pride, whether it was the rules committee or her personal staff. [applause] representative pelosi: so there are two things i want to say in conclusion.
one is that louise was a moral force in the congress. when you had to make a decision and you went to speak to louise about it, it was about looking into a mirror of your own conscience. her response was always so right. so values based. that you wondered why it was ever a question to begin with. she was just always right there with all the brilliance, all the values, all the spirituality of making people recognize what they knew was right and giving people courage to do what was right.
she was something. it was like looking into your own soul and having to answer for it to have to go face louise. and if you were on the wrong track, well, you wouldn't be there too long. you wouldn't be there too long. she firmly believed in the moral responsibility of the congress to expand freedoms and advance better futures for the american people. so when she was, as the chair of the committee, one of the first bills she sent to expand freedom for women in the workplace by sending down right away the lily ledbetter act. she expanded freedoms respecting woman's right to make her own personal decisions. she expanded freedoms working with gwen moore on the violence against women act that gwen was our champion on. she worked closely with louise.
all these things she did, it wasn't confined to just issues that related to women's right, although that was a priority for her. it also related to one of her -- rosa talked about her genetic information nondiscrimination act, which was historic. only a microbiologist would have come up with that, right? she was so determination -- determined, as i said at her other service, save yourself time do, what she wants right from the start because eventually you'll end up doing it. but she took great pride in her -- honoring the public trust with her stop trading on congressional knowledge or stock act. this was probably maybe some considered outside her wheelhouse, but it was about integrity. it was about integrity. i'm hoping we can name that bill for her. [laughter]
representative pelosi: scripture tells us as each one of us has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of god. louise used her gift so beautifully in the service of so many. as we mourn her passing, and we do money her passing -- to her family, i hope it is a comfort to you that so many people truly mourn your loss as our family loss as well and are praying for you for a long time to come. as we mourn her passing, let's move forward in her name as leader schumer said and with her spirit, we work together to have a better future for all. louise truly blessed this country and this institution with her presence. god truly blessed america with her presence and her legacy. thank you, all.
[applause] speaker ryan: i'm the republican on the program, finishing last, which is exactly how louise slaughter would have wanted it. [laughter] there are -- "superlatives" is the word i think of when i think of louise slaughter. there are so many superlatives you can use to describe the kind of person louise was. first, let me just share with you a sense of what it was like to be on the other side of the aisle, because i think it speaks to louise. i think it helps you see how effective this woman was. i think it speaks to how revered she was.
formidable doesn't even begin to describe it. she was so resolute, so certain in her point of view. you could try to convince her otherwise. i tried it many times. i don't think i succeeded ever. but if you did not have every fact straight, if you did not have your homework done, forget it, you didn't stand a chance. but what i enjoyed so much was louise could be so warm. she could be warm and direct and warm and direct in such a fast pace of time your head would be spinning. you could hardly keep up with her. she would be up there in the rules committee battling out until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and walking through here and at 8:00 a.m. she would be giving a tour and at 10:30, managing a rule on the floor.
she was a one-liner machine. that bill that rose spoke if he -- rosa spoke so affectionately of, we called it my bill. that was my bill. [laughter] speaker ryan: so we would really enjoy these spirited debates up at the rules committee. i spent years up there, hours up there. and for those who serve up here, for those who watch c-span, it can be pretty spicy and get personal. but louise slaughter always came back the next day, the first person ready to turn the page, ready to move on, ready to start over. that's one of the most reasons, one of the most admirable qualities i think.
it is why you could not help but like this woman. here's one more thing i remember of her. away from the dais, she was a kind and gracious human being. she asked you about your family. she was really polite to staff. she treated everyone the same and that really speaks to , someone who has been given so gavel, whoields a wields a great amount of power. testimonyass -- great to the kind of warm, smart, gracious, sharp-tongued human being that she was. people like me on our side of the aisle will treasure those moments. i will treasure these fantastic debates that we had on behalf of our points of view and on behalf of our country up there in the rules committee and over there on the floor.
we talk a lot these days about being on opposite sides. in between those aisles, there is a lot of scar tissue, a lot. but it is that space in between, that is where our humanity lies. and we all have to go on the only thing we have to go on is our respect for one another and our understanding of one another as people. louise had that. she had this gift of respecting you, of caring about you while still being so passionate in the pursuit of her principles. no one more did more to deepen the kind of these things than louise mcintosh slaughter, absolute pioneer, a grandmother, a mom, a giant. we will miss her very much.
and as a result, at this time, we have a presentation to make. i remember when nancy called me , nancy pelosi called me to tell , me what had happened to louise and it was so clear to me what , she meant to you, just how you spoke in the tone of your voice when you notified me about her condition. and what leader pelosi and i did was we requested that an american flag be flown above the capitol in honor of our dear friend and colleague the day she passed. and so on behalf of leader pelosi and myself and on behalf of the entire house of representatives, the people's house, it is my privilege to present this flag to louise's family. [applause]
of the family for this event and tried to go through several drafts of what to say and i was watching c-span last night with mr. tomko leading the tribute to mom. i was listening to what everyone was saying. she was funny and tenacious and she was stubborn, and i thought you really know her already. there is something else i can say. and i could really feel how you loved her, and i wanted to convey on behalf of our family how much she loved all of you and being in congress and in this her favorite building. ,i have to disagree with senator schumer -- [indiscernible] [applause] slaughter: and i used to watch a lot of msnbc in our kitchen and members would come
on screen and say there is doris, she is my best friend and trey gowdy doesn't believe that tim scott is my best friend. [laughter] ms. minerva: and i would think you have a lot of best friends, but she did. she really did. and she loved being a member of the house of representatives. when the power changed, the parties changed, and people would say, you still love it louise, and she would say it's the best job in the world. and you couldn't go to wegman's without people coming up to her and that is a although lot of
big case work and a lot of good staff, and she loved her staff. and especially after my dad passed away, they stepped up and went above and beyond. [applause] ms. minerva: i have to thank them. [applause] ms. minerva: and since mom died, there were articles from "the hill," from 2004, and i don't remember reading it before, but the reporter traveled to rochester and interviewed her at lunch and captured the enthusiasm that mom had for the job. and since 2004, the reporter said, have you thought about retirement? 14 years ago, they asked her if she thought about retirement, and mom quoted a story about alvin barkley from kentucky.
he was in the house and senate and was truman's vice president. she told the story about the day he died, on the floor of the senate after giving a speech, and i looked it up. and it's not really true. [laughter] ms. minerva: but she said, i always thought that was the most wonderful way to go. "of course, i would swoon away on the floor with the background." and she didn't get to die in the capitol, which would have been her dream. but we sang "swing low, sweet st chariot. my husband turned to me and said she would have loved this. but she would have loved this. she would love that treat and the fact that it happened in record time. [laughter] she would tell that story to someone.
she's telling it now. probably [laughter] it usually takes a year and i got my tree in a month. [laughter] i just wanted to say how much she really loved -- this is it for her. she loved the family. we know she loved us. [laughter] but i mean, she would not have retired to spend more time with her family. [laughter] [applause] now you can help gwen find a husband. [laughter] . thank you so much. tomeant the world to her serve the people and fight for the little guy and be reelected over and over. it was everything for her. thank you.
[applause] [applause] >> please remain standing for the benediction. >> let us pray. dear lord, as we close our time together, send your spirit of peace and consolation upon us who mourn the loss of the honorable former chair and ranking member of the rules committee, louise slaughter. she was a glowing example, an
icon of what it means to be a woman for others. her decades of service to her new york district and to our great nation will be long appreciated by those whose lives are forever blessed by her life's work and dedication. lord, may your angels come to louise, andloved may those who mourn her here be consoled with the knowledge that, for those who love you, everything is turned to good. may her soul and the souls of all the faithful and the unfaithful departed, through the mercy of god, rest in peace. amen. >> amen. remain at your seats until the official party and family have departed.
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