(House of Representatives - April 26, 2013)

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  (Mr. STOCKMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. STOCKMAN. When I first started out in politics, a dear friend of 
mine, Howard Phillips, was a conservative leader and a great father and 
patriot. On April 20, Howard Phillips passed away.
  He grew up in Boston, where he became an avid baseball fan. He knew 
all the teams, all the players, and remained a passionate fan 
throughout his life. He fought hard to get into the Boston Latin 
School. From there, he invaded the liberal bastion that is Harvard, 
where he upheld conservative principles and even served as the chairman 
of the student council.
  Howard made national news during the Nixon administration, when he 
fought to abolish the Office of Economic Opportunity. A leader, a 
champion, and a great father, he founded in 1974 the TCC, or The 
Conservative Caucus. It rapidly became one of the major nationwide 
conservative organizations. He made headlines for opposing the Panama 
Canal treaty and supporting Ronald Reagan's efforts to rebuild our 
defense and to cut taxes and spending.
  The conservative movement will not be the same without Howard. In 
fact, the conservative movement would not be what it is today without 
his leadership. In 1960, he helped found Young Americans for Freedom, 
which became the model for conservative political action groups. 
Howard, Paul Weyrich, Richard Viguerie, Jerry Falwell, and other key 
leaders became the founders of what we know as the modern conservative 
  Over the years, Howard stood firm to conservative principles when it 
was often easier to compromise with the establishment and others. When 
Howard saw the GOP tilting too far to the left, he found the U.S. 
Taxpayers' Party--now the Constitution Party--which nominated him as 
their Presidential candidate in 1992, 1996, and 2000. It was a distinct 
pleasure for Howard to see the new generation of conservative leaders. 
As a precursor to the Tea Party, Howard was always there.
  Howard's work lives on through his family and through his children, 
through The Conservative Caucus, and through the work of his large 
family, including his son, Brad, who found the Persecution Project, 
which is very active in saving embattled Christians in Sudan; and his 
son Douglas' Vision Forum, which is a major home-schooling ministry; 
and through the many Americans inspired by his leadership and vision.
  Howard is survived by his wife, Peggy, six children, and 18 
  On April 29 a funeral will be held at McLean Bible Church.
  God bless you, Howie. We love you.