Nov 29 2007

Statement on the Death of Henry Hyde

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the death of former Illinois Representative Henry Hyde.

“I admired Henry Hyde as much as anyone I have ever served with in the Congress.  His death is both a personal loss and a real loss for the country.  

“In the effort to protect the unborn, there was no better advocate than Henry Hyde.  The Hyde Amendment, which essentially banned federal funding of abortions, remains the gold standard of the pro-life movement.  

“As most people know, my association with Henry came to a head during the impeachment of former President Clinton.  Henry was the leader of the House Managers presenting the case to the Senate.  I will always remember his understanding of the Constitution and the steady, sound leadership he provided.  Henry Hyde truly was a legendary figure in the U.S. House of Representatives.”