ADDITONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 197
(Senate - December 10, 2019)

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                          ADDITONAL STATEMENTS


                        TRIBUTE TO ANDY PRADELLA

 Mr. MANCHIN. Madam President, Gayle and I would like to extend 
our warmest congratulations and very best wishes to our very dear 
friend Andy Pradella on his 70th birthday. What I have always admired 
about Andy is his unparalleled work ethic and determination to learn 
and serve, and to inspire those around him. I can't tell him how much 
his and Joanie's friendship has meant to me and Gayle throughout the 
years. They are like family to us. Together, they are both a match made 
in ``Almost Heaven.''
  While Andy wasn't born in West Virginia, he certainly is a West 
Virginian in his heart and soul. In West Virginia, if you are hungry, 
you will be fed. If you are lost, someone will not only give you 
directions but will offer to drive you to your destination. I am so 
deeply proud of the people of my home State and the values that make us 
stand out from the rest of the Nation.
  It is in that same spirit that I proudly recognize Andy Pradella as 
an honorary West Virginian. No one fits this title better. He is one of 
the most generous, kindest, selfless people I have had the privilege of 
calling my very dear friend. He has provided so much happiness and 
wisdom to the lives of those around him throughout the years, and it is 
my wish that the memory of this special day remains with him just as 
his guidance and influence will remain in all the lives he has touched. 
Again, it is with the greatest admiration that I send to him my best 
wishes on his special day.
  Andy, please always remember that no matter where you are, you have a 
home here in ``Almost Heaven.''