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Agreed to Senate (12/10/2012)

2d Session
S. RES. 612

Honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Arlen Specter, distinguished former Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


December 10, 2012

Mr. Casey (for himself, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Reid, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Akaka, Mr. Alexander, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Begich, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Boozman, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Brown of Massachusetts, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Burr, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Carper, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Coats, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Cochran, Ms. Collins, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Coons, Mr. Corker, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Crapo, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Enzi, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Franken, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Graham, Mr. Grassley, Mrs. Hagan, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Heller, Mr. Hoeven, Mrs. Hutchison, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. Johnson of South Dakota, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Kirk, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Kohl, Mr. Kyl, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Lee, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Lugar, Mr. Manchin, Mr. McCain, Mrs. McCaskill, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Moran, Ms. Murkowski, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, Mr. Nelson of Florida, Mr. Paul, Mr. Portman, Mr. Pryor, Mr. Reed, Mr. Risch, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Sessions, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Shelby, Ms. Snowe, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Tester, Mr. Thune, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Vitter, Mr. Warner, Mr. Webb, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Wicker, and Mr. Wyden) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


Honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Arlen Specter, distinguished former Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Whereas the Honorable Arlen Specter was born on February 12, 1930, in Wichita, Kansas;

    Whereas Arlen Specter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School in 1956;

    Whereas Arlen Specter served in the Air Force during the Korean War, obtaining the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations;

    Whereas Arlen Specter served the people of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Assistant District Attorney from 1959 to 1964 and as District Attorney from 1965 to 1974;

    Whereas Arlen Specter was recommended to serve as assistant counsel on the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy in 1964, and he established conclusions central to the report of the Commission;

    Whereas Arlen Specter served with distinction as a Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 3 decades, first elected in 1980, then reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004;

    Whereas, as a member and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, Arlen Specter worked in a bipartisan fashion to highlight the impact of specific diseases and to advance support for medical research and high-quality health care;

    Whereas, as a member and the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, Arlen Specter was recognized for his thorough questioning and presided over the confirmation hearings of 2 Justices of the Supreme Court;

    Whereas, as a Senator, Arlen Specter served as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate from 1995 to 1997, and as the Chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate from 1997 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2005;

    Whereas, as a Senator, Arlen Specter further served as a member of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, and the Special Committee on Aging of the Senate;

    Whereas Arlen Specter was admired for his independent decisionmaking and willingness to cross party lines;

    Whereas Arlen Specter introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611, 109th Congress) and achieved bipartisan support and passage for the bill in the Senate on May 25, 2006;

    Whereas Arlen Specter advocated both for strong national security measures and the maintenance of civil liberties;

    Whereas Arlen Specter valiantly overcame bouts with brain tumors and cancer during his service in the United States Senate;

    Whereas Arlen Specter returned to Philadelphia after his Senate career and taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and

    Whereas Arlen Specter passed away on October 14, 2012, and is survived by his wife Joan, his sister Shirley Kety, his sons Stephen and Shanin, and 4 grandchildren: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That—

(1) the Senate—

(A) expresses profound sorrow at the death of the Honorable Arlen Specter, former Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;

(B) conveys the condolences of the Senate to the family of Arlen Specter; and

(C) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the House of Representatives and the family of Arlen Specter; and

(2) when the Senate adjourns today, it stands adjourned as a further mark of respect to the memory of Arlen Specter.

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