(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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                       FAREWELL TO AUSTIN BURNES

  (Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Mr. HOYER. Mr. Speaker, I know that Members want to catch planes, and 
I will be brief; but I did want to take this opportunity.
  From time to time we, in sadness, see one of those people leave who 
have served this institution very well, and served me, both in my role 
as majority leader and as Democratic whip. But I wanted to rise at this 
point in time to say thank you--and I know you want to join with me--to 
Austin Burnes, who is leaving as my floor director and as a valued 
friend and staff member.
  At the same time, I want to thank those on Speaker Boehner's staff, 
on Majority Leader Cantor's staff and on Whip McCarthy's staff who have 
worked so well and positively with Austin Burnes, for helping us to do 
our job better. Obviously, there were differences from time to time--
well, maybe all the time--but I thank you for that.
  Austin, I want to thank you for the service you have given to this 
institution, to your country, to me, and to all the Members who 
appreciate very much your advice and counsel.