[JPRT, 110th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

                          Hon. Henry J. Hyde

                               1924 -2007

                              Henry J. Hyde


                         MEMORIAL ADDRESSES AND

                             OTHER TRIBUTES

                                 IN THE CONGRESS OF

                                  THE UNITED STATES

             [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] 



             [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] 

Henry J. Hyde

                               Memorial Addresses and

                                   Other Tributes


                                     AND SENATE

                                OF THE UNITED STATES

                          TOGETHER WITH A MEMORIAL SERVICE

                                     IN HONOR OF

                                    HENRY J. HYDE

                  Late a Representative from Illinois

                       One Hundred Tenth Congress

                             First Session

                      U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
                              WASHINGTON : 2008

                      Compiled under the direction

                               of the

                      Joint Committee on Printing

             Proceedings in the House of Representatives:
                Tributes by Representatives:
                    Bonner, Jo, of Alabama.........................
                    Burton, Dan, of Indiana........................
                    Buyer, Steve, of Indiana.......................
                    Costello, Jerry F., of Illinois 
                                                               3, 4, 28
                    Crowley, Joseph, of New York 
                                                             37, 39, 45
                    Dreier, David, of California...................
                    Ehlers, Vernon J., of Michigan.................
                    Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., of American Samoa......
                    Franks, Trent, of Arizona......................
                    Goodlatte, Bob, of Virginia....................
                    Hensarling, Jeb, of Texas......................
                    Jackson, Jesse L., Jr., of Illinois............
                    King, Steve, of Iowa...........................
                    LaHood, Ray, of Illinois.......................
                    Lantos, Tom, of California.....................
                    Lee, Barbara, of California....................
                    Lipinski, Daniel, of Illinois..................
                    Lungren, Daniel E., of California 
                                                             33, 40, 42
                    Manzullo, Donald A., of Illinois 
                                                          7, 16, 23, 27
                    McCollum, Betty, of Minnesota..................
                    Mica, John L., of Florida......................
                    Myrick, Sue Wilkins, of North Carolina.........
                    Pence, Mike, of Indiana........................
                    Pitts, Joseph R., of Pennsylvania..............
                    Rohrabacher, Dana, of California...............
                    Roskam, Peter J., of Illinois 
                                                              4, 24, 40
                    Schakowsky, Janice D., of Illinois.............
                    Schmidt, Jean, of Ohio.........................
                    Shimkus, John, of Illinois.....................
                    Smith, Christopher H., of New Jersey...........
                    Smith, Lamar, of Texas.........................
                    Stearns, Cliff, of Florida.....................
                    Tiahrt, Todd, of Kansas........................
                    Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, of Florida..........
                    Weldon, Dave, of Florida.......................
                    Wilson, Joe, of South Carolina.................
             Proceedings in the Senate:
                Tributes by Senators:
                    Grassley, Chuck, of Iowa.......................
                    Hatch, Orrin G., of Utah.......................
             Memorial Service......................................

               Henry J. Hyde, a 16-term Member of the U.S. House of 
             Representatives, served the Sixth District of Illinois, 
             which includes O'Hare International Airport and much of 
             the suburban area to its west, the long-settled suburbs 
             due west of the Loop: Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Glen 
             Ellyn, Wheaton, and the newer suburbs along I-290 and Lake 
             Street: Bensenville, Addison, Wood Dale, and Bloomingdale.
               Born on April 18, 1924, Mr. Hyde grew up as an Irish 
             Catholic Democrat in the Chicago area. He was an all-city 
             basketball center. Mr. Hyde attended Georgetown University 
             on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1947 with a 
             bachelor of science degree. He enlisted in the Navy from 
             1944 to 1946, where he served at Lingayen Gulf. After the 
             war he earned a J.D. from Loyola University in 1949, 
             practiced law in Chicago from 1950 to 1975, and served in 
             the Naval Reserves from 1946 to 1968. In 1958 he switched 
             parties, convinced that the Republicans were more in line 
             with his anti-Communist beliefs. He was elected to the 
             Illinois House of Representatives in 1966 and served 8 
             years before joining Congress in Washington, DC, in 1974.
               It was in the U.S. Congress that Henry Hyde first made 
             his name as an abortion opponent, attaching to the 
             Appropriations Subcommittee bills his Hyde amendments 
             prohibiting the use of Federal funds to pay for abortions 
             in various circumstances. ``I look for the common thread 
             in slavery, the Holocaust, and abortion,'' he said in 
             1998. ``To me, the common thread is dehumanizing people.'' 
             In 1976 Congress enacted the first Hyde amendment to an 
             appropriation bill, banning abortions financed by 
             Medicaid. It has remained in force ever since, though 
             States can spend their own money on abortions, and some 
             do. Exceptions for saving the life of the mother and 
             victims of rape and incest were added in 1993.
               Mr. Hyde was one of the few Republicans who supported 
             the family leave bill. He opposed assisted suicide and 
             sponsored a bill passed by the House to criminalize the 
             prescription of lethal drugs to terminally ill patients 
             contemplating ending their lives.
               In 1994 when the GOP won control of the House, Henry 
             Hyde was chosen to chair the Judiciary Committee and move 
             much of the party's socially conservative agenda. 
             Republican-imposed term limits compelled Mr. Hyde to give 
             up the Judiciary chairmanship at the start of the 107th 
             Congress, but he was able to leverage his seniority and 
             stature to take over the International Relations Committee 
             in 2001, where he took on yet another challenge--
             shepherding Republican foreign policy in a time of 
             international unrest. His chairmanship proved challenging, 
             as he took over a committee where he had not had much 
             impact since the arms control and Central America policy 
             debates of the 1980s.
               On many occasions Mr. Hyde proved himself one of the 
             most eloquent Members of the House. His speeches against 
             term limits and in favor of the flag-burning amendment are 
             classics. His strong stand on the nuclear freeze 
             resolution helped turn the tide on foreign policy in the 
             House in the 1980s.
               None of these challenges, however, were as great or as 
             public as the challenge of serving as prosecutor in the 
             Clinton impeachment trial. From the first, Mr. Hyde 
             realized that any impeachment resolution must be 
             bipartisan if it were to be credible, but it became clear 
             that many Democrats were determined to defend President 
             Clinton at every turn. Democrats resisted his resolution 
             and advanced one of their own with time limits and with 
             the requirement that Members first vote on the definition 
             of an impeachable offense. In the end all Republicans and 
             31 Democrats voted for the Republican resolution. Mr. Hyde 
             ran the fractious hearings with scrupulous fairness and 
             even with occasional humor. His summation to the House was 
             genuinely eloquent. Although he convinced the House to 
             impeach President Clinton on two of four counts in 1998, 
             GOP leaders sought to bring the 1999 Senate trial to a 
             quick conclusion because it was clear they did not have 
             the two-thirds majority needed for convictions.
               Henry Hyde was generally a loyal backer of President 
             Bush's plans for waging the war on terrorism, both at home 
             and abroad. Soon after hearing of the terrorist attacks of 
             September 11, 2001, he concluded that a lessening of 
             complacency about terrorist threats in the national psyche 
             might be the event's smallest of silver linings.
               Among his colleagues, Mr. Hyde was respected as an old-
             fashioned wit, one of the sharpest legal minds on Capitol 
             Hill, a leading defender of the institution of Congress. 
             He was often the most impressive spokesman in legislative 
             battles, pouncing on flaws in foes' arguments with all the 
             determination and effectiveness he used as a Chicago trial 
               Mr. Hyde is survived by his second wife, Judy; three 
             children, Robert (Mindy) of Irving, TX, Anthony (Barbara) 
             of North Aurora, IL, and Laura of Chicago, IL; and seven 
             grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Hank; 
             two siblings, Mary and John Hyde; and his first wife of 45 
             years, Jeanne M. Simpson-Hyde, who passed away in July 


                                 MEMORIAL ADDRESSES


                                   OTHER TRIBUTES


                                    HENRY J. HYDE
                     Proceedings in the House of Representatives
                                              Tuesday, December 4, 2007
               Mr. STEARNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life 
             and accomplishments of a terrific Member, former 
             Congressman Henry Hyde. He's often recognized for his 
             wisdom and his eloquence of speaking. But, frankly, there 
             were some other sides of him that were very precious. He 
             was a man of quick wit and a keen sense of humor, to which 
             I was always a willing audience.
               Above all, he was passionately committed to protecting 
             and improving the lives of Americans, all Americans, both 
             born and the unborn. He was an effective pro-life 
             advocate, through prohibiting Federal funding of abortions 
             with the Hyde amendment and his advocacy for the ban on 
             partial-birth abortions. Conservative estimates indicate 
             that there are about 2 million Americans alive today as a 
             direct result of his work.
               Henry Hyde leaves behind a legacy that inspires and 
             challenges those of us who remain behind today.
               My deepest condolences and sympathy to his family, and 
             may God bless Henry Hyde.

               Mr. COSTELLO. Madam Speaker, I regret to inform the 
             Members that former Congressman Henry J. Hyde died this 
             past Thursday, November 29. Henry served in the Illinois 
             Legislature for 8 years, from 1967 to 1974. Henry was 
             elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974 and 
             served for 32 years until his retirement after the 109th 
               Henry was both liked and respected by those of us who 
             served with him. He chaired both the Judiciary and 
             International Relations Committees, presiding over both 
             with the same intelligence and eloquence he brought to all 
             floor debates. Last month, President Bush presented Henry 
             with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our Nation's 
             highest civilian honor, for his meritorious service to his 
               Members should know that directly after votes this 
             evening, Mr. Roskam and I have reserved a special order to 
             recognize and remember the service of Henry Hyde later on 
             this evening. Those who want to participate can do so or 
             submit a statement.
               At this time I would yield to my friend from Illinois 
             (Mr. Roskam).

               Mr. ROSKAM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
               Madam Speaker, many of us come to Washington, DC, for 
             our first time and we go out and about and we introduce 
             ourselves. And I did that as a candidate, introduced 
             myself to people, and they had no interest whatsoever in 
             who I was. I tried then to seek a little bit of common 
             ground and tell them where I am from. They had no interest 
             whatsoever in where I was from.
               And then I didn't play fair. Then I said to them, I am 
             running to succeed Congressman Hyde. At that moment, the 
             demeanor on every single person changed. They pulled me a 
             little bit closer, they grabbed my elbow, and they would 
             say, Henry Hyde, let me tell you about Henry Hyde. They 
             would tell some unbelievable story about how Henry Hyde 
             would come down to the well of this Chamber in a packed 
             place and with the whole country watching and do what 
             great statesmen do, and that was to speak to the great 
             weighty issues of the day. Or they would tell me about 
             Henry Hyde and a kindness that he had extended to them out 
             of the presence of anybody else, that no one would ever 
             know about.
               So it is with a great deal of regret that Mr. Costello 
             and I are here announcing the passing of a great man. This 
             great man was my predecessor. He was known not only 
             ultimately for what he accomplished and what he stood for 
             but I think actually who he was.

               Mr. COSTELLO. Madam Speaker, I would ask the House to 
             observe a moment of silence in remembrance of our friend, 
             Henry Hyde.

               Mr. WELDON of Florida. Madam Speaker, earlier today in 
             this body we observed a minute of silence to honor the 
             great life of Henry Hyde, our distinguished former 
             colleague from Illinois. Henry Hyde clearly established 
             himself in America as one of the great defenders of the 
             sanctity of human life. He was eloquent on a host of 
             issues in his outstanding rhetorical skills, but perhaps 
             he was most able and capable in defending the dignity and 
             sanctity of human life. . . .

               Mr. BURTON of Indiana. Madam Speaker, one of the great 
             things that has happened in my political life and serving 
             in Congress is to have known Henry Hyde. Henry Hyde I 
             think was one of the greatest Congressmen to ever serve in 
             this Chamber. He was a man of integrity. He was honest. 
             When he gave you his word, it was his bond. He was loved 
             by everybody. Even during the controversial impeachment 
             trial of Bill Clinton, he did it with honor, and he did it 
             in a way that everybody respected him even though it was 
             very controversial.
               He was a great chairman. He was the chairman of both the 
             Judiciary Committee and the International Relations 
             Committee, and he did a great job in both areas. I served 
             with him on the International Relations Committee and I 
             was one of his subcommittee chairmen, and I want to tell 
             you, he was a chairman you could be proud of. He was a man 
             who was always ready to listen and work with his 
             subcommittee chairmen and anybody in the Congress to solve 
             problems facing this Nation.
               He was known best, I think, for the Hyde amendment, 
             which stopped Federal funding for abortions, and it has 
             been known throughout the time since that bill passed as 
             one of the great human life amendments ever presented in 
             this body or in the other body as well. He was a fighter. 
             He was the kind of man who was very strong willed, who 
             would fight like the dickens. But he had a heart that was 
             very soft where his fellow man was concerned. When he was 
             on an issue, however, he had a heart that was very tough, 
             and everybody that dealt with him knew that.
               He was probably one of the greatest orators who ever 
             served in the Congress of the United States in either 
             body. When he came down to speak, everybody listened. I 
             know when a lot of my colleagues speak today they have to 
             bring the gavel down several times to bring the House to 
             order and ask for regular order, but when Henry Hyde came 
             down on a great cause and spoke, you could hear a pin drop 
             in this place because people knew he had something to say, 
             and they wanted to hear what he had to say.
               I am very proud to have known Henry. I knew him for over 
             20 years in this body. I can't tell you or any of my 
             colleagues how great he was and how much I held him in 
             high esteem. He will be missed not only because he was a 
             great Congressman, he will be missed not only because he 
             was a great chairman, he will be missed because he was a 
             great American.
               And before I leave, I have to tell you one little story 
             about Henry that he was so proud of. When he went to 
             college at Georgetown University, he played on the 
             basketball team. And one of the greatest players, if not 
             the greatest player of that era, was a man named George 
             Mikan, and Henry used to smile and with great pride tell 
             everybody that when he played against George Mikan, in the 
             second half he held him to one point. And there aren't 
             many people who could do that.
               In addition to all of this, he authored the staunchest 
             pro-life legislation in Congress in 30 years, and headed 
             the impeachment hearings against President Clinton. Either 
             of those efforts would naturally incite a whole camp of 

               Henry Hyde spoke of controversial matters with 
             intellectual honesty and without rancor,

             said President Bush.

               He was gifted as a legislator. There was a time when the 
             Illinois House was divided evenly and needed 89 votes to 
             pass a bill, and nothing was getting done because of 
             partisan wrangling. People were angry and debilitated.
               Henry stood up and said he had voted against something 
             just because he was on the other side of the aisle, and 
             asked the House to reconsider the last bill on its merits. 
             They wound up going back to the last 32 bills that had 
             failed, and he brought people back into an atmosphere of 
             wanting to work together.

               Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, had 
             this to say about Congressman Hyde:

               Congressman Hyde played a big role in crystallizing the 
             issue of abortion as central to politics and the culture. 
             He has always been a driving force in making it clear that 
             abortion is not one among many issues.

               Congressman Hyde, a Catholic, was a vocal opponent of 
             abortion. In 1976 Hyde attached an amendment to a spending 
             bill that banned Federal funding for abortions.
               The amendment later become known as the Hyde amendment 
             and has been at the center of the political fight over 
             abortion since its passage.

               This erudite, scholarly man has walked with kings and 
             kept the common touch,

             Bush stated.

             They're quick to say it's not the same Congress without 
             him--but that we're a better country because he was there. 
             And colleagues will always admire and look up to the 
             gentleman from Illinois, Henry J. Hyde.

               Born in 1924, Hyde served in the House from 1975 to 2007 
             and retired at the end of the last session. Hyde served as 
             the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 
               In a written statement, Boehner called Hyde ``a 
             constitutional scholar, a thoughtful legislator, and a 
             passionate orator.''
               ``But above all, he will be remembered as a gentleman 
             who stood as a beacon for the bedrock principles of 
             liberty, justice, and, respect for life,'' Boehner said.
               On November 5, President Bush awarded Hyde the 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the 
             President can bestow on an American citizen.
               Henry, we miss you, buddy. Godspeed.

               Ms. LEE. . . . And tonight I must take a moment and ask 
             that my remarks include my sympathy for Henry Hyde, 
             Chairman Hyde's family. I thought about Chairman Hyde 
             during our visit [the Congressional Black Caucus 
             Foundation visit to South Africa, to celebrate and 
             commemorate World AIDS Day], because we worked together on 
             the initial PEPFAR [President's Emergency Plan for AIDS 
             Relief] legislation. He was committed to address this HIV 
             pandemic. He ensured that this bill became a bipartisan 
             bill. And even though we didn't agree on every issue, 
             tonight I commemorate him and I give my sympathy to his 
             family because, as we reauthorize this, his spirit and his 
             hard work and his legacy certainly will prevail as we move 
               Many of the key issues which remain were addressed in 
             South Africa as it relates to the PEPFAR reauthorization. 
             Some of them included addressing the abstinence until 
             marriage earmark and the onerous prostitution pledge; 
             reducing the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV and 
             AIDS by empowering them through my legislation, such as 
             the PATHWAY Act; sharpening our focus on orphans and 
             vulnerable children, which of course Chairman Hyde was 
             committed to; better integrating nutrition and wrap-around 
             programs. We also have to expand support for health 
             systems and strengthen delivery of basic health care 
             services. And, of course, I believe that we must provide 
             $50 billion, not $30 billion as the President has asked 
             for, but $50 billion over the next 5 years for this 
             initiative. . . .

               Mr. MANZULLO. Mr. Speaker, the subject of our special 
             order this evening is our dear friend, Henry Hyde.
               Mr. Speaker, I would yield to Congressman Rohrabacher 
             from California.

               Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, today we remember the life 
             of Henry Hyde. Henry Hyde was no doubt one of the greatest 
             Members ever to serve in this Chamber. He was certainly 
             one of the most articulate.
               Let me note right off the beginning, Henry Hyde was a 
             personal hero of mine long before I arrived here in this 
             body in 1989. And unlike heroes whom I have met over my 
             lifetime, quite often I have been disappointed in the 
             heroes that I have met, Henry Hyde remained a person I 
             admired, a hero that I admired, even after I got to work 
             with him and got to know him personally.
               Henry Hyde was, yes, a great orator, and he had a 
             personal presence. Anyone who has ever worked or been 
             around Henry Hyde could tell you that. Yet, these were not 
             the qualities that made him great. Henry used his talents 
             and his influence to further fundamental principles and 
             values that reflected Henry's character and his commitment 
             to higher ideals. He rose above politics.
               What is it that Henry believed in? What were these 
             higher ideals? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
               Life. Yes, that is the first, that is the first of 
             Henry's values. Yes, Henry was one of the greatest voices 
             in the defense of the unborn on this planet. It was not 
             the popular stand to take, and it still is not necessarily 
             the popular stand to take. It was a moral imperative, 
             however, a moral imperative that Henry felt very deeply 
               When someone believes that the issue of abortion is not 
             an issue that concerns tissue being extracted from a 
             woman's body, but is instead an issue that deals with the 
             ending of a human life, the principle is clear. But the 
             courage to advocate such a moral and principled position 
             may not match the importance of the issue itself.
               Henry spoke with such eloquence on so many issues, but 
             on this issue, one could not help but admire him and know 
             that it was something that was coming from his heart, and 
             a heart that was filled with love. He was a national force 
             in the battle to protect the unborn. This is part of his 
             legacy and something we should not forget and we should 
             always remember him for, because it took courage for him 
             to lead this battle.
               Henry made this issue a crusade, and he did much himself 
             to create the movement that now I think has brought public 
             opinion and at least the public consciousness more to what 
             the issue is on this issue of abortion. Yes, life was 
             Henry's number one priority.
               Liberty. Henry fought for liberty as a young naval 
             officer in the Philippines during the Second World War. I 
             was very honored to have gone with Henry to the 
             Philippines where he was issued a medal for his service as 
             a young man in the Second World War. He then after the war 
             returned home and fought the battle for liberty in both 
             the State legislature in Illinois, and, yes, here in the 
             Halls of Congress.
               Henry's war was a war for liberty and justice for all. 
             Henry was chairman of the Judiciary Committee. And, yes, 
             we should not forget another controversial thing about 
             Henry. He led that Judiciary Committee at a time of an 
             impeachment procedure against President Bill Clinton. With 
             the sexual implications of the charges against the former 
             President, that endeavor could have turned into a lurid 
             political circus. Instead, Henry Hyde insisted on 
             maintaining standards and maintaining that the issue was 
             perjury, and that was the only issue to be approached and 
             discussed, and he insisted on maintaining the decorum of 
             this House under these most trying of circumstances.
               After serving as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he 
             moved on to serve as chairman of the International 
             Relations Committee. I was honored to serve with him on 
             that august committee, and I watched first hand as he 
             stepped up and maintained his commitment not only to 
             American security, but to human liberty. These were the 
             paramount issues for Henry Hyde, whether our country was 
             safe and whether human liberty was being furthered.
               Yes, Henry Hyde was the chairman of the International 
             Relations Committee and led us after 9/11, led us at a 
             time when we went into war with radical Islam, a war in 
             which we are currently engaged. And Henry, his courage, 
             his strength, his character, did very much to ensure the 
             American people that, yes, we will prevail over this 
             monstrous evil enemy that we face.
               Well, finally, let me note the pursuit of happiness. All 
             of us who knew Henry know that he was a man who enjoyed 
             his life. He exemplified that happiness comes from more 
             than just acquiring material wealth. Henry was a happy man 
             because he was doing what he thought was right and was 
             making a difference.
               When he left us last year, he had dedicated his whole 
             life to the service of our country and to those higher 
             ideals I have just mentioned. He had every reason to be 
             proud of the wonderful and exemplary life that he had 
               So, tonight we remember Henry. He will be buried later 
             on this week, but he will remain a force in this body and 
             will remain a force in American politics for years to 
             come, along with the Henry Clays and the Daniel Websters 
             and the other great orators and great men of principle who 
             have served here in Washington in the people's House and 
             in this great Congress.

               Mr. MANZULLO. Mr. Speaker, I yield 5 minutes to the 
             gentleman from Illinois, Congressman Ray LaHood.

               Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight to pay tribute 
             to one of the finest public servants that I have ever 
             known, Congressman Henry Hyde. Henry passed away last 
               Before I begin my own remarks, I want to offer a couple 
             of comments on behalf of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., 
             who for family reasons is not able to be here, but asked 
             me to offer these remarks on his behalf.
               He was a good friend of Congressman Hyde, someone from 
             the other side of the aisle, but someone from our Illinois 
             delegation. He wanted me to express his feelings that 
             Henry was not only a good friend to him, but he was a 
             great American; someone who loved America and someone who 
             really made the world a better place; someone who 
             Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., called a friend.
               I offer those remarks on behalf of Congressman Jesse 
             Jackson, Jr.
               Henry made a difference. When I was asked by a reporter 
             recently what I will remember about him, what I said was 
             that many of us come to this place with the idea that we 
             can make a difference. Henry Hyde made a difference. He 
             made a difference in the lives of the people that he 
             represented, not just in his congressional district and 
             not just in Illinois, but in the country and in the world.
               He distinguished himself by serving as chair of two 
             committees, the Judiciary Committee and the International 
             Relations Committee, during deliberations of some very 
             serious legislation.
               Henry Hyde had the ability to change people's minds. 
             That is almost unheard of around here. People come to the 
             well of the House almost always knowing how they are going 
             to vote on a particular bill. But whether it was the flag 
             amendment, whether it was term limits, which was a part of 
             the Contract with America in 1995, whether it was the Hyde 
             amendment, which protected so many lives for so many 
             unborn, whether it was impeachment or whether it was 
             expansion of O'Hare Airport, Henry Hyde had the ability to 
             come to this floor and persuade his colleagues of his 
             point of view. He had a very uncanny ability to do that, 
             because of his intelligence, because of the way that he 
             presented himself, and because of the respect that the 
             Members of this body had for this great man.
               He did make a difference, and he did it with the highest 
             level of civility and dignity. He brought great honor and 
             dignity to this institution by his presence, the way he 
             conducted his arguments on the great debates of the day, 
             and I have no doubt that people did change their votes and 
             change their minds. Particularly on term limits he made 
             some very compelling arguments, and particularly on the 
             flag amendment he made some very compelling arguments, and 
             over a long period of 30 years, three decades, on the Hyde 
               And even though the impeachment proceedings were very 
             controversial, people respected the way Henry Hyde 
             conducted those proceedings as chairman of the Judiciary 
             Committee, in a very honorable and civil way. And even 
             those on the other side who did not agree with the 
             impeachment proceedings, agreed that Henry Hyde conducted 
             it with the highest level of honesty, integrity, and 
             civility that you can bring to this Chamber.
               Every third Thursday of each month that we are in 
             session, our delegation which now numbers 21, 19 Members 
             and 2 U.S. Senators, have lunch together. We used to 
             gather in Speaker Hastert's office, and now we gather in 
             Senator Durbin's office. And before every delegation 
             lunch, we could always count on Henry Hyde to tell at 
             least one or two very funny stories. He was a great 
             storyteller and he loved to tell stories.
               I will never forget almost a year ago when Henry would 
             come in the Chamber as we were departing for the final 
             votes, and he was in a wheelchair because of his back 
             problems, and announced to all of us over in that part of 
             the Chamber that just a few weeks before that, about a 
             year ago, he wed his chief of staff of 35 years and he was 
             very happy. They were going to move back to Geneva, IL, 
             which is a suburban part of Chicago, west of Chicago, and 
             they were going to live happily ever after in Geneva, IL, 
             which is a beautiful part of the world on the Fox River.
               When President Bush announced that he was going to give 
             Henry Hyde the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I tried to 
             call Henry and was not able to reach him. I did send him a 
             note. I know how proud he was. Of all of the awards and 
             accolades that he received, I know he was proudest of his 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom because it is the highest 
             civilian award that the President of the United States can 
             give to any person, and I know how proud Henry was of 
               So as a Member from Illinois who has served with Henry 
             now during my 13 years and as former chief of staff to Bob 
             Michel, it is difficult to think that Henry Hyde is gone. 
             But he will be long remembered for his civility, the 
             dignity, the high honor that he brought to the job and to 
             the debates of very controversial issues, and was still 
             able to maintain the collegiality of every Member of this 
             body, both Democrats and Republicans, a great lesson for 
             all of us and a great example for all of us of how we 
             should treat one another and how we should conduct the 
             debates, even when there are great differences and great 
             opportunities to divide on these issues.
               Henry stands as a lasting example. He will be remembered 
             for showing how one can make a difference on important 
             issues and during debate. We honor his memory tonight 
             which will be long remembered throughout the history of 
             the House of Representatives. Godspeed, Henry Hyde.

               Mr. MANZULLO. I yield to the gentleman from Illinois 
             (Mr. Shimkus).

               Mr. SHIMKUS. I want to thank my colleague, Don Manzullo, 
             for putting this together tonight. It is great to listen 
             to my friend and colleague, Ray LaHood, and follow Dana 
             Rohrabacher. I think you will see a lot of Members speak 
             tonight, and they will say a lot of similar things. We 
             have colleagues from Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey here, 
             which shows the width, breadth and the reach of Chairman 
               When you come to this institution as a new Member, there 
             are people who are national figures and many people learn 
             to become friends with them in different ways. I think one 
             of the great privileges is when you become a colleague of 
             one of these great figures of history, and as Dana 
             Rohrabacher said, he meets the requirements of what you 
             would expect and the person that you have idolized and 
             respected over the years.
               I follow Ray LaHood who mentioned our bipartisan 
             luncheons. We would also get together as a Republican 
             delegation every now and then, and at that time we had the 
             Speaker. Before the Speaker would weigh in, he would 
             always turn to the dean of the Illinois delegation seeking 
             Henry Hyde's counsel, his wisdom, his experience, and his 
             expertise. I think that is a sign of a great leader when 
             you know who to go to; and, of course, with the great 
             respect we had for the wisdom and the conviction of 
             Chairman Hyde.
               When Henry spoke, people really did listen. That is a 
             lot to be said because we speak a lot and a lot of times 
             people aren't listened to. But Henry Hyde did it, and for 
             many of the reasons that Ray mentioned, but I think 
             because of the great respect that people from both sides 
             of the aisle had for Henry Hyde.
               We all have our own little stories to tell. I am an 
             individual who struggled personally with the term limits 
             debate. Chairman Hyde would just always respectfully beat 
             the heck out of me because of my stated position. He said, 
             ``John, we have term limits; they are called elections.'' 
             When people talk about Henry's strong speeches on the 
             floor about term limits, they would think he was for term 
             limits, but Henry was adamantly opposed to term limits 
             because he was a constitutionalist at heart. He said the 
             Constitution allows for term limits, and that is why we go 
             before the voters every 2 years.
               After wearing me down for many years, I eventually moved 
             to the Henry Hyde position on term limits.
               But that is the type of person he was, not out of a view 
             of political expediency or what is right for the public 
             political perception at the time, but what was right for 
             the country.
               We have a lot of colleagues down here so I am not going 
             to belabor the point. Dana Rohrabacher said it right. I 
             think the great way to remember Henry Hyde is to remember 
             life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life in the 
             Hyde amendment. You can say these simply, clearly and they 
             identify Chairman Hyde.
               Again, life would be the Hyde amendment. Liberty, aid to 
             the freedom fighters in Nicaragua and Central America and 
             the fight against the nuclear freeze movement. Chairman 
             Hyde, that was liberty making the hard decisions against 
             political expediency to promote democracy and freedom.
               And the pursuit of happiness, the Millennium Challenge. 
             It is not just the pursuit of happiness for the country, 
             it is the pursuit of happiness for the whole world.
               I am honored to be able to be on the floor to take a few 
             minutes to thank Chairman Hyde for his friendship, his 
             mentorship. He is and will be missed. God bless you, Henry 

               Mr. MANZULLO. I recognize the gentleman from New Jersey 
             (Mr. Smith).

               Mr. SMITH of New Jersey. I would like to associate 
             myself with the sense of loss we all feel for the passing 
             of Congressman Henry Hyde. As I think my colleagues know, 
             Henry Hyde was one of the rarest, most accomplished and 
             most distinguished Members of Congress ever to serve. He 
             was a class act.
               Henry Hyde was a man of deep and abiding faith, generous 
             to a fault with an incisive mind that worked seamlessly 
             with his incredible sense of humor. He was a friend and 
             colleague who inspired and challenged us to look beyond 
             surface appeal arguments and to take seriously the 
             admonitions of Holy Scripture to care for the downtrodden, 
             the vulnerable, and the least of our brethren.
               On the greatest human rights issue of our time, the 
             right to life for unborn children, the disabled, and frail 
             elderly, Henry Hyde will always be known as the great 
             champion and the great defender of life. No one was more 
             logical, compassionate or eloquent in the defense of the 
               Because of the Hyde amendment, countless young children 
             and adults walk on this Earth today and have an 
             opportunity to love, to learn, to experience, to play 
             sports, to get married, to enjoy their grandchildren some 
             day, to experience the adventure of life itself because 
             they were spared destruction when they were most at risk, 
             millions, almost all of whom have no idea how much danger 
             they were in, today pursue their dreams and their hopes 
             with expectations and great accomplishment.
               With malice toward none, no one, even his most 
             vociferous critics, Henry Hyde often took to the House 
             floor to politely ask us to show compassion and respect 
             and even love for the innocent and inconvenient babies 
             about to be annihilated by abortion.
               A Congressman for 32 years, a chairman for 6 years of 
             the Judiciary Committee, and for another 6 years chairman 
             of the International Relations Committee, Henry Hyde was a 
             prodigious lawmaker. With uncanny skill, determination, 
             and grace, he crafted numerous historic bipartisan laws 
             and commonsense policies that lifted people out of 
             poverty, helped alleviate disease, and strengthened the 
             U.S. Code to protect victims and to get the criminals off 
             the streets. He was magnificent in his defense of 
             democracy and freedom both here and overseas.
               One of his many legislative accomplishments includes his 
             authorship of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS 
             Relief, PEPFAR, a 5-year $15 billion plan to combat HIV/
             AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. During the debate, 
             Chairman Hyde compared the HIV/AIDS crisis to the bubonic 
             plague of the 14th century, the Black Death, and 
             challenged us to enact a comprehensive program to rescue 
             the sick, assist the dying, and prevent the contagion from 
               Having served with this brilliant one-of-a-kind 
             lawmaker, I know the world will truly miss Henry Hyde. 
             Still, we take some comfort in knowing that Henry Hyde's 
             kindness, his compassion, and generosity will live on in 
             the many laws he wrote to protect and enhance the lives of 
             others. I, we, will miss this great statesman.

               Mr. MANZULLO. Mr. Speaker, I recognize the gentleman 
             from Texas (Mr. Hensarling).

               Mr. HENSARLING. I thank the gentleman for yielding. I 
             must admit I feel most inadequate to the task to find 
             words to somehow adequately eulogize this great man, this 
             colleague, this friend of ours whom we called Henry Hyde.
               I guess the most important thing I can say about him in 
             the time that I have served in Congress, I can think of no 
             greater champion of human life and human freedom than 
             Henry Hyde.
               When I think about the Hyde amendment and what that 
             means to human life, that accomplishment alone is worthy 
             of an entire Congress, and it is really the work of one 
             U.S. Congressman.
               Tens of thousands live today because of Henry Hyde. 
             There can be no doubt about that, Mr. Speaker. And often 
             in debate we hear people come to the floor and talk about 
             we need to pass this legislation or that legislation 
             because we need to do it for the least of these. He, more 
             than any other, understood in the depths of his heart that 
             the least of these are the unborn. And because of that, he 
             was a champion. And we do properly eulogize him tonight.
               You know in debate, Mr. Speaker, it can get quite 
             contentious. One wonders sometimes why a civil society 
             cannot have a civil Congress. But I have no doubt that 
             although many occasionally may have thought him 
             wrongheaded, no one in this institution ever thought he 
             was wronghearted because he always acted out of the purest 
             of motives.
               And as I hearken back to a comment that the gentleman 
             from Illinois made before me, it is interesting to note 
             that each of us would come to this floor and actually have 
             a greater interest in listening to Henry Hyde than 
             listening to ourselves. Very few Members of this body, Mr. 
             Speaker, command that kind of attention. But when Henry 
             Hyde spoke, people wanted to listen because he brought the 
             force of his intellect, he brought his humor, he brought 
             his grace, his kindness, he brought his civility, and he 
             brought his humility to this floor. And because of it, Mr. 
             Speaker, I know that I am a better person, and I believe 
             that every other Member of this institution is also better 
             for having known Henry Hyde and being able to listen to 
               We regret his loss, but we thank his family. And I am 
             well acquainted with his son Bob, who is a resident of 
             Dallas, as I am, and I just want to thank them for loaning 
             him to this great institution and this great country. And, 
             again, I know I am a better Member of Congress and a 
             better human being because I had an opportunity to meet 
             Henry Hyde. And I know that as he meets his Creator, there 
             is no doubt in my mind, Mr. Speaker, that he has heard 
             those words, ``Well done, good and faithful servant.''

               Mr. MANZULLO. Mr. Speaker, I recognize the gentlelady 
             from Ohio (Mrs. Schmidt) for 5 minutes.
               Before I formally recognize her, I noted with great 
             interest that when Mrs. Schmidt was elected to Congress in 
             that special election, I don't think there was a time that 
             I came in when Henry wasn't here that Congresswoman 
             Schmidt wasn't seated right next to him talking to him, 
             listening to him, and observing his spirit. And it is most 
             appropriate that she speak about this great American this 
             evening. I recognize Jean Schmidt.

               Mrs. SCHMIDT. Last week, I was deeply saddened to learn 
             of the passing of former Congressman Henry Hyde. The 
             United States lost a great statesman. I lost a role model 
             and a valued friend. We all lost a man who exemplified 
             civility and led a life dedicated to his country, serving 
             others and his ideals. His story should serve as a beacon 
             of hope for all who knew of him.
               Congressman Hyde came from humble roots. He earned a 
             basketball scholarship to college, fought in World War II, 
             and earned a law degree. He was the American dream.
               Congressman Hyde was first elected to Congress in 1975. 
             As a stalwart in Congress for over three decades, it was 
             his voice of civility and passion which Members from both 
             sides of the aisle respected and appreciated and which he 
             is oftentimes remembered for the most. But he is most 
             often remembered by all for the Hyde amendment, 
             legislation to prohibit the use of Federal taxpayer 
             dollars for abortions in the United States.
               During his years in Congress, he not only worked to 
             protect the lives of the unborn, but he also was active in 
             the United States and Russian relations during the cold 
             war, wrote legislation to address the worldwide AIDS 
             epidemic, and presided over the House impeachment 
             proceedings of President Clinton.
               Most will remember Henry Hyde for all that he was able 
             to accomplish as a Member of Congress. I will remember him 
             as a man who was true to his ideals and who spoke to our 
             hopes, not our fears.
               His legislative accomplishments were just a reflection 
             of who he was. His compassion for the unborn and the weak 
             and the forgotten was not simply a veneer pasted on for 
             public consumption. He understood the meaning of life and 
             championed laws to protect it from its natural conception 
             to its natural death. He treated everyone he met as if he 
             or she were the most important person in the world because 
             he saw them as God's children and knew that they were.
               Congressman Hyde was truly a life well lived. The 
             country and the world have experienced a great loss. I 
             have lost a dear friend on this floor. My condolences go 
             out to his entire family. I truly feel privileged to have 
             served with such a great man. And I would like to add that 
             when I was elected, I was excited to be here, but I was 
             most excited to meet Congressman Hyde. May he rest in 
             peace in the Lord's arms.

               Mr. MANZULLO. I recognize the gentleman from Virginia 
             (Mr. Goodlatte) for 5 minutes.

               Mr. GOODLATTE. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
               Mr. Speaker, it is a real honor to rise and speak of the 
             life of a great American statesman and a true friend of 
             the American people and a personal friend, Congressman 
             Henry Hyde.
               When I arrived here in the Congress in 1993, Henry Hyde 
             was already legendary. He had many years before that begun 
             work on the Hyde amendment, which established for now some 
             30-plus years the principle that the American taxpayers' 
             dollars would not be used to fund abortions. That 
             principle has stood with us all these years and I believe 
             will stand with us well beyond Congressman Hyde's passing. 
             It was a great legacy.
               In addition, Congressman Hyde was known as an 
             outstanding orator, a public speaker of the first order. 
             He brought both his keen intellect and sharp wit with his 
             heart to the speeches that he gave on this floor, and he 
             commanded the attention of his colleagues and often 
             changed the minds of people who might have been very much 
             hardened against the position that he was putting forward. 
             He did it with considerable skill, with considerable 
             intellect, and with considerable commitment.
               When I arrived in 1993, I became very much aware of the 
             personal attention that he gave to other Members of this 
             House. As a new Member, he helped me through one of the 
             more difficult committees to serve on in the Congress, the 
             Judiciary Committee. And when we gained the majority, the 
             Republican majority in 1994, the Republican leadership 
             recognized Henry Hyde's capabilities and actually passed 
             him over other Members of the Congress to make him 
             chairman of that committee, knowing that that committee 
             had an enormous task ahead of it because, as many will 
             recall, in 1994, Republican Members campaigned for 
             election on the Contract with America. What many may not 
             realize is that of the nearly 30 bills that comprised the 
             10 principles that made up the Contract for America, more 
             than half of them went through the Judiciary Committee, 
             and Congressman Hyde shepherded each one of those through 
             the committee and then across the floor of the House, and 
             many subsequently passed the Senate as well and became 
             law. And he accomplished that not just by his own hard 
             work and dedication, but by delegating responsibility to 
             virtually every Member of the committee on both sides of 
             the aisle in some instances, in fact, giving new Members 
             like myself an opportunity to play a key role in managing 
             that legislation and offering key amendments, because he 
             recognized the importance of operating the committee in an 
             open and fair fashion.
               His greatest challenge may have come with the 
             impeachment of President Clinton. I served on the 
             committee with him during that very difficult time as 
             well. The impeachment of the President of the United 
             States is one of the more serious things that the Congress 
             has to deal with, and it is certainly something that can 
             evoke great emotions and can bring about great contention 
             in the committee. But Chairman Hyde managed the committee 
             with great fairness, with great attention to detail, and 
             did so at a time when he was personally vilified and 
             attacked in a number of different ways, most unfairly, and 
             yet did it with equanimity, with grace, and I think 
             commanded the respect of Members on both sides of the 
             aisle as he handled that very difficult challenge, and did 
             so, I might add, successfully in bringing forward 
             impeachment resolutions which were sound, which passed the 
             House of Representatives, and which I think spoke for all 
             time about the importance of the respect of the rule of 
             law by all of those who serve in government, even in the 
             highest places.
               Henry Hyde was an individual who believed very deeply in 
             our Constitution, and he showed that through his hard work 
             for 6 years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 
             passing a multitude of pieces of legislation that showed 
             that great respect for our Constitution. But he was more 
             than simply a believer in the rule of law. He was a 
             believer in the human heart. And he showed that time and 
             time again in his work with other Members of this 
             Congress, as we have heard some mentioned here this 
             evening, and also in his work internationally; because 
             after he completed his work as chairman of the Judiciary 
             Committee, he was given another important and great 
             challenge of serving as chairman of the International 
             Relations Committee. And I have had the opportunity to see 
             him in action with Presidents and Prime Ministers, to see 
             the kind of respect that he commanded from world leaders 
             because of his leadership of that committee and because of 
             his great concern for the promotion of American interests 
             around the world. Those interests are very pure, interests 
             of promoting democracy and opportunity for freedom and 
             peace for people in every corner of the globe.
               I have not had the privilege of serving on the 
             International Relations Committee, but I have had the 
             opportunity to serve for 14 years on the Judiciary 
             Committee with Congressman Hyde, and I will never forget 
             the leadership that he provided on that committee and in 
             this Congress. He has been an inspiration to me, he has 
             been an inspiration to millions of other Americans, and he 
             deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest statesmen 
             of our time. And I thank the gentleman for yielding me 
             this time.

               Mr. MANZULLO. I yield to the Congressman from Arizona, 
             Trent Franks, 10 minutes.

               Mr. FRANKS of Arizona. I thank Congressman Manzullo.
               Henry Hyde was perhaps more responsible than any other 
             Member of this body for allowing me to become a Member of 
             Congress, and I stand here thanking him for his work and 
             for him allowing me to come to this place.
               Mr. Speaker, our moment in history is marked by mortal 
             conflict between a culture of life and a culture of death. 
             God put us in this world to do noble things, to love and 
             to cherish our fellow human beings, not to destroy them. 
             Today, we must choose sides.
               Mr. Speaker, those words were spoken by one Henry Hyde, 
             who in 1924 was born in the same State that once gave us 
             an Abraham Lincoln who guided America through that 
             terrible storm that brought about the end of a cancer 
             called slavery that it had embedded itself so deeply in 
             American policy.
               That same greatness of spirit that compelled Abraham 
             Lincoln to remind our Nation that all men are created 
             equal also compelled Henry Hyde to spend 32 years of his 
             life serving this body in defense of that same truth.
               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde said:

               We are the heirs of 1776, and of an epic moment in 
             history of human affairs when the Founders of this 
             Republic pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their 
             sacred honor. Think of that, their sacred honor, to the 
             defense of the rule of law. The rule of law is to 
             safeguard our liberties. The rule of law is what allows us 
             to live in our freedom in ways that honor the freedom of 

               Mr. Speaker, whether working to overturn the horrors of 
             child sex slavery, of sex trafficking, or advocating to 
             protect victims of human rights abuse, or improving the 
             lives of children, families, seniors, and military 
             veterans, or protecting the innocent from the threat of 
             terrorism, or striving to bring clean water and basic 
             sanitation to the poorest of the poor all over the world, 
             Henry Hyde was truly a man who gave himself to the cause 
             of honoring and protecting the equal, inherent, and 
             profound dignity of every member of the human family.
               He carried himself with such honor and dignity and true 
             nobility, and yet never wavered in the strength or 
             perseverance of his convictions. Like President Ronald 
             Reagan, he carried a reputation for being a happy warrior.
               And, Mr. Speaker, while the hallmark of Henry Hyde's 
             life was the compassion for all of humanity, the driving 
             force of his work in Congress was the dedication to 
             protecting and restoring the constitutional rights for an 
             entirely unprotected class of humanity he called the 
             ``defenseless unborn.''
               Henry Hyde was instrumental in crafting legislation such 
             as the Mexico City policy and the partial birth abortion 
             ban. Perhaps his most world-changing initiative came in 
             the form of the legendary Hyde amendment which passed 2 
             years after he first came to Washington in 1976. It 
             prohibited the practice of taxpayers being forced to pay 
             for abortions. The year before, taxpayer funds had 
             provided for more than 300,000 abortions in America. Mr. 
             Speaker, at the very least, over 1 million little souls 
             have lived to feel the warmth of sunlight and freedom on 
             their faces because of the Hyde amendment and the work of 
             Henry Hyde, and that number could well be in the millions. 
             That is a legacy no words of mine can ever express.
               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde once said:

               This is not a debate about religious doctrine or even 
             about public policy options. It is a debate about our 
             understanding of human dignity, what it means to be a 
             member of the human family, even though tiny, powerless 
             and unwanted.

               Henry Hyde was a man of unwavering principle, an 
             unflinching patriot who never hesitated to confront even 
             the fiercest controversies once he believed that he was 
             fighting on the side of truth, God, and human freedom. Not 
             only did he fight tirelessly for those truths, he spoke 
             them so powerfully that he deeply and profoundly moved the 
             heart of America. He stirred this body on countless 
             occasions and helped to rekindle the conscience of this 
             Nation, and the legacy of his words will resonate long 
             after every one of us has walked out of that Chamber for 
             the very last time.
               Last month, Mr. Speaker, Congressman Henry Hyde was 
             honored by the President of the United States with the 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award that can 
             be bestowed on any civilian. ``He used his persuasive 
             powers for noble causes'' according to the President. ``He 
             was a gallant champion of the weak and the forgotten, and 
             a fearless defender of life in all of his seasons.''
               Mr. Speaker, back in 1857 in the Dred Scott decision, 
             the Supreme Court said that the black man was not a person 
             under the Constitution, and it took a civil war to reverse 
             that tragedy.
               In the rise of the Nazi Holocaust, we saw the German 
             high tribunal say that Jews were unworthy of being classed 
             as humans, and a tragedy that beggars our understanding 
             followed as a result.
               Then in 1973 we saw the Supreme Court of the United 
             States of America take from the innocent unborn children 
             the most basic human right of all, the right to live. And 
             in all three cases, Mr. Speaker, a great human tragedy 
             followed. The Civil War took more lives than any war in 
             our history. The world war that arrested the Nazi 
             Holocaust took 50 million lives worldwide, and even saw 
             atomic bombs fall on cities.
               And today we stand in retrospect and wonder how the 
             compassion of humanity did not rise in defense of those 
             who could not defend themselves when such horrible 
             atrocities might have been prevented. And yet, there and 
             here, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, 
             we have killed 50 million of our own children in what 
             should have been the safe sanctuary of their own mother's 
             wombs. They died nameless and alone, their mothers were 
             never the same, Mr. Speaker, and all of the gifts those 
             children might have brought to humanity are now lost 
               Mr. Speaker, there is no way for me to add to the power 
             of the immortal words of that gallant statesman, Henry 
             Hyde himself. He said something I wish that every 
             American, every person on Earth could hear. He said:

               When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that 
             awesome moment, the final judgement, I've often thought, 
             as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of 
             loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone 
             standing before God, and a terror will rip through your 
             soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that 
             those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think 
             there will be a chorus of voices that have never been 
             heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly 
             in the next world, and they will plead for everyone who 
             has been in this movement. They will say to God, ``Spare 
             him because he loved us,'' and God will look at you and 
             say not ``Did you succeed?'' but ``Did you try?''

               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde truly tried. And I am convinced 
             that the day will still come in America when the warm 
             sunlight of life will finally break through these clouds 
             and shine once again on the faces of unborn children in 
             this Nation. And when that day comes, history will record 
             that it is a great champion named Henry Hyde who waged a 
             quiet war for the defenseless unborn in the Halls of this 
             Congress. And he reached up to hold the hand of an unseen 
             God and reached down to hold the hand of an unnamed little 
             baby and refused to let go until the storm was gone.
               And, Mr. Speaker, if I'm wrong, and somehow America 
             never finds its way out of this horrible darkness of 
             abortion on demand, I know more than anything else in the 
             world that the Lord of the Universe still hears the cries 
             of every last one of his children. And no matter who or 
             where they are, if time turns every star in heaven to 
             ashes, I know in my soul, as Henry Hyde knew in his, that 
             that eternal moment of God's deliverance will come to 
             every last one of them.
               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde was a true and noble champion 
             and he will live forever in our hearts and minds as a 
             warrior for the cause of human freedom and human life. May 
             his family, his many friends, and loved ones be comforted 
             in the peace and assurance of knowing that their 
             courageous father and husband and friend has been welcomed 
             by an eternal chorus of voices and has now walked safely 
             into the arms of God and heard him whisper, ``Well done, 
             thou good and faithful servant.''
               God bless Henry Hyde.

               Mr. MANZULLO. Mr. Speaker, may I inquire as to the 
             remaining time that we have.

               The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Altmire). The gentleman has 
             approximately 20 minutes remaining.

               Mr. MANZULLO. OK. I'll claim 5 minutes for myself.
               I was elected to this Congress in 1992, was sworn in in 
             1993, and never got used to the name Congressman. When 
             someone said Congressman, I would turn around and I'd look 
             for Henry Hyde. I thought that you had to be here an 
             unnamed number of years and garner the utmost respect of 
             your colleagues before you could be called by that name, 
               And I had the opportunity to work with Henry. I recall 
             in either 1993 or 1994, when it was going to be very 
             difficult because of some procedural problem for Henry 
             Hyde to offer the Hyde amendment, and the only way that he 
             could do that was through unanimous consent of this body. 
             It was on, I believe, an appropriations bill. I sat next 
             to Henry Hyde at this table to my immediate right, and he 
             turned to me and he said, ``Don, if I can't offer this 
             amendment, tens of thousands of children will die.'' And I 
             was numbed by what he said, and also by the immense power 
             that one person could have to intervene in the lives of 
             those who had not, who could not, see the light of day 
             because of their circumstances.
               The chairman of the Appropriations Committee, William 
             Natcher from Mississippi, stood up in a very noisy 
             Chamber, and he said, ``I ask unanimous consent in this 
             body that the Hyde amendment be allowed in order.'' And I 
             remember him peering over those glasses, this man from 
             Mississippi who never missed a vote on the floor of the 
             House of Representatives. One person could have said, ``I 
             object,'' and no one did. And Henry Hyde offered the 
             amendment that particular afternoon and it passed this 
             body and went on to become part of the continuing law 
             forbidding the use of taxpayers' funding for abortions. I 
             shall never forget the sweat that was emanating from his 
             body, how his hands were being wrung together. And I never 
             thought it possible that one person could make that much 
             of a difference in the U.S. Congress. And he made the 
             difference to people who could never vote for him. He just 
             did it because he said that this is the right thing to do.
               And there were other occasions in my career as a Member 
             of Congress where I would see him stand up. And when Henry 
             Hyde stood up to speak, this noisy body of 435 independent 
             contractors would become very quiet and listen to Henry 
             Hyde. When the Contract with America was penned, and he 
             handled several bills dealing with that very difficult 
             piece of, series of legislation, in the section on product 
             liability he allowed me to give the concluding speech on 
             the floor because one of the companies that I represent 
             back in Rockford, IL, had gone out of business on the 
             100th anniversary because it was sued over a machine that 
             it had manufactured 50 years earlier. And sitting on the 
             desk of the president of that great company was a summons 
             starting a suit over a machine that was manufactured at 
             the time of the House of Romanov when it ruled Russia. And 
             he gave me the honor of giving the concluding speech on 
             that very difficult topic.
               You ask yourselves, where are the Henry Hydes of America 
             today? Where are the orators of this House? And no one 
             stands up because they're gone.
               I would recognize the gentleman from Illinois, Peter 
             Roskam, for as much time as he would consume.

               Mr. ROSKAM. Mr. Speaker, you know, as I've sat and 
             listened this evening to the tributes of Congressman Hyde, 
             a couple of things have become clear to me, that there's 
             an element, a great sense of loss tonight among us about a 
             man that people on both sides of the aisle really came to 
             respect and admire and deeply appreciate.
               I've thought about Congressman Hyde and the role that he 
             played. He came to Congress in 1974, and that was a very 
             difficult time for the Republican Party. He's one of the 
             few people who was successful in a campaign after the 
             scandal of Watergate, and came in as a conservative in the 
             House of Representatives before conservative was cool. He 
             was passionate about a strong America and understood 
             fundamentally what our Nation's role was in the world.
               We've talked a lot over the past several minutes about 
             Henry Hyde and his pro-life legacy. There was another 
             passion that he had, and I think it was inextricably 
             linked to his view of life and defending it at all ages, 
             and that was his high view of freedom. He was a person who 
             understood fundamentally that the United States had a very 
             special role to play.
               I was a staffer for him and remember him talking about 
             the captive nations. That was a phrase that was used to 
             capture the description of the Eastern bloc nations. And 
             you see, in Henry Hyde's district, in the Sixth District 
             of Illinois, there was a whole host of immigrants, folks 
             who had come to this land of America because America was 
             free. And Henry Hyde represented that constituency well. 
             And it was people who had been formed largely by their 
             suffering under a tyrannical communist regime. And when 
             Henry Hyde came to office in 1974, in those years before 
             the 1980 election, he was among a small group of people in 
             the House, I think, who really understood what was at 
               As it turned out, Ronald Reagan won a historic election 
             in 1980. It was a landslide really of epic proportion.
               And Henry Hyde was one of those people who was 
             positioned in the House of Representatives, Mr. Speaker, 
             to be one of Ronald Reagan's partners over the next 8 
             years on what has been nothing short of a transformation 
             of American foreign policy.
               Henry Hyde was a pivotal figure in the mid-1980s when 
             the House turned to him and asked him to play a key role 
             at the time in the Iran-Contra investigation. I remember 
             working for him at that time and a whole great deal of 
             activity. When I looked at my boss, Congressman Hyde, 
             during the committee hearings, every time he asked a 
             question, every time he made a point, there was a sense of 
             clarity about him that was just very inviting. He 
             understood what was going on. He didn't shy away from a 
             political fight, as we all know, but he was able to engage 
             people in such a way that he could persuade them. He was 
             sort of the old school of American politics in that he 
             wasn't satisfied merely to have a debate. No. This was a 
             guy who wanted to persuade you. And his view was, look, if 
             you knew what I knew and if you had seen what I have seen 
             and if you understand what I understand, then surely 
             looking at this evidence you'll be persuaded, as I am, to 
             this way of thinking. And I think the way that he 
             approached that, Mr. Speaker, was very inviting in a way.
               Listen, he was at a pivotal point in our public life 
             together in very difficult times for our country. But we 
             all know, as we reflect on this great man, that he did it 
             with a sense of duty, he did it with a sense of honor, and 
             he did it in a way that he always upheld his oath to 
             protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
               I remember the first time I met Henry Hyde, I was 
             interviewing in his office, and it was when he was in the 
             Rayburn Building, room 2104 in the Rayburn Building. It 
             was, I think, an April evening, if I'm not mistaken, in 
             the mid-1980s, and I had a chance to interview with my own 
             Congressman, Henry Hyde, to become possibly a legislative 
             assistant. I went in. I handed him my resume. And I have 
             an independent recollection, as I am standing here today, 
             of Henry Hyde looking out over me in these half glasses 
             and kind of clearing his throat looking at the resume, 
             sort of looking it over, and I remember feeling very 
             intimidated because at the time, after all, I was in a 
             conversation with Henry Hyde. Well, to make a long story 
             short, he very graciously offered me the job.
               And what I will say is this. We serve with a whole cast 
             of characters here in Congress. And we see one another 
             many times on the floor, and we interact with one another, 
             and we see one another in the hallways. But when you 
             really want to get to know a Member, you ask the staff 
             what is that person really like? The staff people who are 
             working for that Member, out of the public view, behind 
             closed doors in the office when nobody is around, and I 
             will tell you this: Henry Hyde was the same person to work 
             for as the person who would appear here on the floor of 
             the House of Representatives. He was gracious. Now, he 
             expected you to work hard. He expected excellence on the 
             part of his staff, and he wanted you to do a good job. But 
             the same pleasant man that you encountered and is fondly 
             remembered here this evening was the same person that 
             interacted with his staff.
               You know, there are different ways to measure people. 
             And I called Congressman Hyde on the phone in April of 
             this year. I was walking into the Cannon Building. It was 
             an early morning. And I called him on my cell phone, and I 
             caught him at home. It was fairly early. And I said, 
             ``Henry, I have been here for 4 months.'' I said, ``I 
             marvel at what you were able to accomplish during the time 
             that you were here.''
               Many of us come from legislative bodies, State 
             legislatures or county legislative bodies, and they are 
             fairly intimate affairs, actually. They're fairly small 
             groups of legislators who come together. But when you 
             think of the figurative shadow that he cast on legislation 
             for the past 30 years, it was a thing to behold.
               I know he enjoyed the phone call, but it wasn't false 
             flattery. It was actually admiration from somebody who has 
             recently come to succeed him in Congress.
               Finally, in closing, Mr. Speaker, I remember when I sat 
             with Congressman Hyde several months before I came to this 
             body, and at the end of a very pleasant conversation as we 
             went back and forth on issues and talked about local 
             politics and State politics and national politics and all 
             kinds of issues, he said a word to me. When I share it 
             with you, Mr. Speaker, it is going to sound like a very 
             common thing. But when you're me and you are seated across 
             from Henry J. Hyde, it didn't sound very common at that 
             point. And he said to me this: He said, ``Peter, this is 
             important work in Congress. This is important work.'' And 
             there was an urgency with what he was saying to me that 
             day. And it wasn't the whimsy of an old man who was just 
             reflecting back on 32 years of service, but it was the 
             admonition of a statesman who had looked out over the 
             horizon and really understood the great challenges but, 
             even more, the great opportunities that are here for us in 
             the United States of America.
               So I know that I am joined by many Americans who 
             considered Henry Hyde to be their Congressman, to be 
             America's Congressman. And so it is with a great sense of 
             pride and also a great sense of sadness and loss that I 
             rise today, like so many of my colleagues, to honor his 

               Mr. MANZULLO. Reclaiming my time, there are some great 
             Henry Hyde stories. The first time I met him was in his 
             office in your congressional district, and he was wearing 
             this incredible Hawaiian shirt, and sticking out of his 
             pocket was this oversized cigar. I had never seen a cigar 
             that big in my entire life. And he was a connoisseur of 
             his cigars. And I remember one time my chief of staff had 
             given me this cigar. He said, ``I got this and you've got 
             to give this to Henry Hyde the next time you see him.'' So 
             I was carrying this cigar in my pocket, and I needed him 
             to sign a document, and he signed the document, and I 
             said, ``Henry, I've got this cigar for you.'' And I think 
             his eyes got bigger than that cigar.
               What a sense of humor, what a joy, what a thrill to have 
             served with him. We are honored and blessed to have served 
             with somebody by the name of Henry Hyde of Illinois.

               Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I join with 
             my colleagues and friends this evening to honor the life 
             of former International Relations Committee Chairman Henry 
               Throughout his 32 years in the House of Representatives, 
             Congressman Hyde was a pioneer of conservative values and 
             principles. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the 
             International Relations Committee, he fought to preserve 
             the sanctity of life and to promote the tenets of freedom. 
             His career is a testament to his character and his love 
             for this country. It was all too fitting that President 
             Bush honored this life and legacy earlier this year when 
             he awarded Congressman Hyde the Medal of Freedom--
             America's highest civilian honor.
               For those of us who had the pleasure to know Chairman 
             Hyde personally, we were touched by his immense dedication 
             to public service, his integrity, and the wisdom he 
             imparted to us all. He was a founding father of modern 
             American conservatism promoting the expansion of freedom 
             and the limiting of government.
               I am grateful to have known and worked with this 
             tremendous individual, and I am grateful for his service 
             to this Nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 
             entire Hyde family during this difficult time.

               Mr. COSTELLO. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the 
             passing of our colleague from Illinois, Henry J. Hyde. 
             Congressman Hyde served in the House of Representatives 
             for over 30 years and his respect for this body and the 
             United States of America was a hallmark of his career. 
             Volunteering to serve in the Navy during World War II, he 
             played basketball at Georgetown, graduated from Loyola Law 
             School and eventually chaired both the Judiciary and 
             International Relations Committees, presiding over both 
             with the same dignity and eloquence with which he treated 
             all floor debate.
               Henry was perhaps best known as Congress's leading voice 
             for protecting the unborn. During his first term, he was 
             successful in enacting the Hyde amendment, which outlawed 
             the Federal funding of abortion in most cases, and still 
             stands today. But what stands out equally to many of us is 
             the way he handled this advocacy, always arguing 
             passionately, always arguing forcefully, but always 
             arguing his beliefs with a grace and tact that provided 
             for an honest exchange on the most contentious of issues. 
             This is a great lesson for all of us today, that even when 
             we disagree, we should debate the issues on their merits, 
             with the highest levels of decorum.
               Madam Speaker, Henry Hyde was an influential presence in 
             the House of Representatives and both national and 
             Illinois politics. He will not soon be forgotten, and I 
             send my condolences to his family.

               Mrs. MYRICK. Madam Speaker, I rise to honor the memory 
             of a great man, and a dedicated Member of this body. Henry 
             Hyde was an esteemed colleague, a remarkable orator, and a 
             true statesman. He was uniquely able to graciously 
             disagree with other Members at a fundamental level without 
             disrespect or contempt. In this sense, he was an example 
             to all of us, Republican or Democrat, conservative or 
             liberal. When he spoke on this floor, he spoke 
             deliberately and intelligently, crafting numerous policy 
             speeches that will endure well into the future.
               Henry was a devoted advocate for the unborn, and he 
             never wavered on this point. For that, I am personally 
             grateful. Much has been said on this point, but no one can 
             say it better than Henry himself.
               As he stated during a critical debate on this floor:

               One of the great errors of modern politics is our 
             foolish attempt to separate our private consciences from 
             our public acts, and it cannot be done. At the end of the 
             20th century, is the crowning achievement of our democracy 
             to treat the weak, the powerless, the unwanted, as things? 
             To be disposed of? If so, we have not elevated justice; we 
             have disgraced it.

               Henry Hyde was not a perfect man, and like the rest of 
             us, I imagine he was sometimes inclined to become angry 
             and unpleasant when confronted with the frustrating issues 
             that make our days here in Congress so interesting. But I 
             always respected Henry for maintaining an honorable 
             demeanor, even in the midst of emotionally charged 
             disagreements. In the spirit of our country's great 
             orators, he knew that we don't promote a real debate with 
             nastiness and soundbites, but with thoughtful 
             consideration and a deep understanding of the issues at 
               My heart goes out to his family during this difficult 
             time. Surely they can appreciate the impact that Henry 
             Hyde made on this Chamber. I'm honored to have an 
             opportunity to express my gratitude to a man whose public 
             service changed this country for the better.

               Mr. SMITH of Texas. Madam Speaker, Henry Hyde was a 
             giant in Congress. His articulateness, diplomacy, and 
             knowledge was evident to all. He sat on the Judiciary 
             Committee from when he was first elected in 1975 and 
             served 6 years as the committee's chairman. It was a 
             privilege to serve with him.
               Vivid memories of my years in Congress center on 
             comments Henry Hyde made on and off the floor. He was a 
             person of conviction, but never a partisan for partisan's 
             sake. He was one of those rare individuals who, when he 
             spoke on the House floor, was listened to with respect 
             because of his way with words and his sincerity.
               We will miss him but he will be in our thoughts and 

               Mr. LIPINSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer my 
             deepest condolences on the loss of Congressman Henry Hyde. 
             It is a great honor to have known him and served with 
             Henry, a dedicated public servant whose devotion to his 
             constituency, values, and country was rivaled by few.
               Though I only shared a single term in the House of 
             Representatives with Congressman Hyde, I felt privileged 
             to serve with him in the Illinois congressional 
             delegation. A man well known for his eloquent speeches, 
             Henry Hyde was a legend throughout Illinois and the entire 
               Throughout his 32-year tenure in the House of 
             Representatives, Congressman Hyde proved to be an 
             intellectual powerhouse, commanding respect for the strong 
             arguments and stimulating debate that he brought to the 
             House. A true statesman, Henry was known for his ability 
             to bring opposing sides of a debate together to find a 
             consensus for the good of the country.
               In the House, Congressman Hyde was influential on 
             matters of international importance, having chaired both 
             the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on 
             International Relations. I have particularly great respect 
             for his eloquent voice on American foreign policy during 
             the cold war.
               For his public service and great contributions to 
             America throughout his career, not the least of which was 
             his brave service in the Navy during World War II, 
             Congressman Hyde was recently recognized with the 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom. Awarded by the President 
             and given only to those individuals who have made an 
             especially meritorious contribution to the security or 
             national interests of the United States, this is the 
             Nation's highest civilian honor.
               A man who always stayed true to his faith, Henry Hyde 
             was unwavering in defending his values and beliefs with 
             every word he spoke. In the end, I will always admire 
             Henry for his basic belief that the law exists to protect 
             the weak from the strong, and his willingness to fight for 
             this principle.
               Mr. Speaker, I rise today not only to honor Henry Hyde, 
             a great man, but to recognize the impact he has made on 
             our country. America no doubt will feel the loss of this 
             man who so deeply committed himself to his country. I 
             count myself lucky that I had the opportunity to serve 
             with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and 

               Mr. EHLERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay my respects to 
             our departed colleague, Representative Henry Hyde. I am 
             saddened by the death of this exceptionally fine and 
             honorable man, who so ably served not only the best 
             interests of his constituents but, indeed, the entire 
             Nation for over 30 years in this House. Henry Hyde will be 
             remembered in many different ways--as a skilled attorney 
             who respected and defended the rule of law; as a stout 
             champion of the rights of the unborn; and as a 
             distinguished statesman who promoted peaceful and just 
             international relations and agreements.
               As I remember the life and service of Henry Hyde, one 
             personal experience stands out in my mind. In 1984, I was 
             involved in a closely contested race for an open Michigan 
             State Senate seat. A prominent pro-life organization 
             endorsed my opponent, based not on my record or his, but 
             on unrelated reasons. This was done despite my own 
             consistent pro-life voting record and ardent pro-life 
             policy stance. The pro-life endorsement carried 
             considerable weight in the district and was a noteworthy 
             point in the campaign. Henry Hyde found out about this 
             development, and he was outraged. He traveled up from 
             Illinois to campaign for me, to correct what he considered 
             a grave injustice. Of course, given the passage of the 
             Hyde amendment to prevent Federal funds from being used 
             for abortions--remarkably, passed during his first term in 
             Congress in 1974--Henry Hyde was a hero in the pro-life 
             movement. His public endorsement of my campaign was a 
             significant factor in my close victory.
               Mr. Speaker, I consider it an honor to have known and 
             worked closely with Henry Hyde. I know many of us feel the 
             same way. I hope we will uphold his legacy of defending 
             the rule of law, promoting just international relations, 
             and protecting the sanctity of all life.

               Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my 
             sadness over the passing of our former colleague and 
             friend, Henry Hyde, and my respect for his decades of 
             public service on behalf of the people of Illinois.
               Representative Hyde was known throughout the country as 
             a man of strong beliefs, a public servant who fought hard 
             for his convictions with eloquence and passion. Those of 
             us in the House of Representatives--especially those of us 
             who served with him in the Illinois delegation--also knew 
             him as a gentleman. Disagreements on some issues never 
             prevented him from working with a colleague on other 
               I was one who often disagreed with Congressman Hyde, but 
             we were always able to talk about our differences and work 
             together on bipartisan issues, such as investigating the 
             causes of oil and gasoline price increases in the Chicago 
             market, ending the genocide in Sudan and the AIDS epidemic 
             in Africa, fighting global poverty and the proliferation 
             of destabilizing nuclear weapons, and addressing gun 
             violence. I always felt that I could reach out to 
             Congressman Hyde and have an open and beneficial 
             discussion, even on the most controversial issues. He was 
             the only person who ever called me ``Janny,'' a private 
             nickname I enjoyed.
               Congressman Hyde was born in Rogers Park, Chicago, and 
             went to St. George High School in Evanston. He was first 
             elected to Congress in 1974, after already having had a 
             distinguished career as a lawyer, World War II veteran, 
             and member of the Illinois General Assembly. He served the 
             Sixth District of Illinois for 32 years, never forgetting 
             his roots, his responsibilities or his values. He will be 

                            PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
               Under clause 2 of rule XII, public bills and resolutions 
             were introduced and severally referred, as follows: . . .
               By Mr. ROSKAM (for himself, Mr. Costello, Mr. Lipinski, 
             Mr. Boehner, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Pitts, Mr. 
             Manzullo, Mr. Weller, Mr. Johnson of Illinois, Mr. LaHood, 
             Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Shimkus, and Mr. 

               H. Res. 843. A resolution mourning the passing of 
             Congressman Henry J. Hyde and celebrating his leadership 
             and service to the people of Illinois and the United 
             States of America; to the Committee on House 
                                            Wednesday, December 5, 2007
               Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, last week America lost a true 
             statesman when Henry Hyde passed away at the age of 83.
               Representative Hyde was a student of American history, a 
             constitutional scholar, a thoughtful legislator, and a 
             skillful orator. But above all, he will be remembered as a 
             man of integrity who stood for the most basic principles 
             of liberty, justice, and, above all, respect for life.
               On November 5, President Bush awarded Mr. Hyde the 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom, the very highest honor the 
             President can bestow on an American citizen.
               In his first term, Henry Hyde offered an amendment that 
             ensured that Americans who believe in the sanctity of life 
             would not see their taxpayer dollars go to the funding of 
             abortion. That was just the beginning of Henry's long 
             legislative career spent working to protect the sanctity 
             of human life.
               I urge the Democrat leadership to bring the bipartisan 
             H. Res. 843 to the floor for a vote. It would be a mark on 
             this body if we did not honor the life and work of a man 
             of character like Henry Hyde.

               Mr. PENCE. On November 29, Americans learned of the 
             passing of one of the giants of this Congress in the 20th 
             century. Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois died at the 
             age of 83.
               As Members in both parties know, throughout his nearly 
             four decades in this Congress, Henry Hyde was the essence 
             of dignity, civility, and a commitment to principle. He 
             was a champion of the great causes, life, liberty, and the 
             rule of law, a voice for the voiceless, victims of human 
             rights abuses, and he was a lion of the right to life. In 
             every sense, life has lost its lion, and this movement 
             will miss his roar.
               Henry once quoted on this floor from his favorite poet 
             Tennyson from the poem ``Ulysses.'' He said, by memory:

               Though we are not now that strength which in old days 
             moved heaven and earth, that which we are, we are, one 
             equal temper of heroic hearts made weak by time and fate, 
             but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to 

               On all the great issues of the day, Henry Hyde strove, 
             he sought, he found, he did not yield. May he rest in 
             peace, and those of us who share his values and his 
             principles not rest until the work he began is done.

               Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California. Mr. Speaker, last 
             night I was unable to be here when we had a tribute to our 
             departed colleague, Henry Hyde. I just wanted to say this 
             about Henry Hyde: It was a privilege and an honor to serve 
             in this House with him.
               I recall a conversation I had with him a number of years 
             ago at which time I talked to him about sometimes did he 
             ever get tired about the fact that people beat him up on 
             the issue of abortion. And Henry thought a minute and he 
             said, ``You know, as I get older and I think of my own 
             mortality, I look forward to the time when I might be 
             entering those gates into heaven and the voices of all 
             those young children that we saved welcoming me there.''
               They're giving you a great welcome right now, Henry. We 
             miss you.
                                             Thursday, December 6, 2007
               Mr. MICA. Mr. Speaker and my colleagues, one of the 
             greatest voices to ever be heard in these Chambers has 
             been lost to the ages. I rise today to pay tribute to my 
             good friend, a great American and my former colleague, 
             Henry Hyde. Tomorrow in Illinois, one of the State's most 
             capable and eloquent Members of Congress will be laid to 
               It was my distinct honor to meet Henry Hyde, to serve 
             with Henry Hyde and to call Henry Hyde my friend.
               In this House of Representatives over the past several 
             centuries, there have been many distinguished individuals. 
             I submit that not only was Henry Hyde one of the most 
             distinguished, but also one of the most appreciated 
             individuals, one of the finest gentlemen, one of the 
             greatest Americans to serve in this, the people's House.
               Whether he was defending the unborn or relating his 
             position to us on any matter before this House, Henry Hyde 
             always spoke with dignity, conviction, principle, and 
             eloquence. When Henry Hyde addressed this House, its 
             Members and all Americans listened. While everyone who 
             knew Henry Hyde can tell us a very special story and 
             personal experience about knowing Henry Hyde, there are 
             several memories that I will always fondly cherish and 
               I recall when Henry came to my district, came to my home 
             in Florida. I will never forget when Henry Hyde stopped 
             me, actually in this aisleway, here on the floor of the 
             House, and in that aisleway he complimented me on my 
             remarks that day. Imagine, Henry Hyde, the master orator, 
             praising such common words. How honored I was by his 
             compliment to so junior a Member on that day. There are 
             many other stories I can tell about Henry Hyde and I know 
             we can all share the other stories, but let me tell you in 
             closing to relate one of my last memories of this great 
               I had the privilege of traveling with Henry to the 
             United States European Interparliamentary meetings 
             overseas, and on my last trip with Henry to one of these 
             meetings, one of the last times that Henry Hyde as I 
             recall him serving as chairman of the International 
             Relations Committee, we were flying together with others 
             across the Atlantic to make our next day's meeting. I woke 
             up in the middle of the night and everyone in the cabin on 
             the plane was sleeping, with one exception, and that was 
             Henry Hyde. Some of you may recall Henry had been quite 
             ill toward the end of his service. He required assistance 
             to walk, and I knew how uncomfortable and how difficult it 
             was for him to travel. But here was Henry Hyde so 
             committed to his responsibility, while in such great 
             personal pain and discomfort that he could not rest, he 
             had to sit up in his chair all night, but he was 
             fulfilling his duties and his responsibilities. I knew 
             that night and I knew when I first met him, I knew also 
             when I first heard him, and I have known, and I have been 
             honored to call him my friend, I have had the opportunity 
             to know a great man, a great American, the gentleman from 
             Illinois (Mr. Hyde).
               To Henry's wife and family, and on behalf of all the 
             people of the Seventh Congressional District of Florida, 
             and personally, I extend my deepest sympathies.

               Ms. McCOLLUM of Minnesota. Madam Speaker, I rise today 
             to honor the late Congressman Henry Hyde who passed away 
             on November 29, 2007.
               Representative Hyde was a man of great honor and a 
             dedicated public servant. He served for 32 years in the 
             U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Chicago 
             suburbs. During that time he served as chairman of the 
             House Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2001 and as 
             chairman of the House International Affairs Committee from 
             2001 to 2007.
               I had the honor of serving with Mr. Hyde as a member of 
             the House International Affairs Committee during his time 
             as chair. He was a thoughtful and insightful committee 
             chair who was willing to mentor a new Member of the other 
             party. I will always remember Mr. Hyde's help in including 
             three important provisions in the original President's 
             Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These provisions 
             on drug resistance, orphans and vulnerable children, and 
             tracking the sale of drugs on the black market were 
             ensured a place in the legislation largely because of Mr. 
             Hyde's support. I will also never forget the opportunity 
             to travel with Mr. Hyde to Mexico, where it was evident 
             that he was well respected by world leaders.
               One of the things I recall most clearly about 
             Representative Hyde was his command of the English 
             language and his oratorical skills. When Secretary Rice 
             appeared before the International Affairs Committee, he so 
             eloquently expressed his disappointment that the Bush 
             administration had failed to live up to its obligation to 
             ensure security in Iraq.
               In addition to his many years as an elected leader, Mr. 
             Hyde was a celebrated athlete in college, a veteran, and a 
             lawyer. In recognition of his accomplishments, in November 
             of this year, Congressman Hyde was awarded the 
             Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country's highest 
             civilian honor.
               On behalf of the families of Minnesota's Fourth 
             Congressional District, we extend our prayers and 
             sincerest condolences to his wife, children and all of the 
             family and friends of Representative Hyde. He will be 
             remembered in the highest regard, and I will miss him.
               Madam Speaker, please join me in paying special tribute 
             to the life and service of Congressman Henry Hyde.
                                            Thursday, December 13, 2007
               Mr. BONNER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the 
             memory of a great leader, a great man, and a truly great 
             American, the Honorable Henry Hyde.
               Known throughout Congress as a man of strong character 
             and humility, Chairman Hyde served the people of the Sixth 
             District of Illinois with decency and grace. From his 
             service in the Navy during World War II and throughout his 
             career in the U.S. House of Representatives, Henry Hyde 
             devoted his life to public service.
               In the House, he rose to the chairmanship of two 
             committees, Judiciary and International Relations. To say 
             that Chairman Hyde was an eloquent orator would be an 
             understatement. He spoke with dignity, conviction, 
             principle, and eloquence; he was a true statesman by any 
             measure. As President George W. Bush said last month, 
             ``the background noise would stop when Henry Hyde had the 
               In service to the people of Illinois for over 40 years, 
             Chairman Hyde was a champion of the rights of the unborn. 
             He will probably be most remembered for his amendment that 
             prohibited the use of Federal funds for abortions--a 
             measure that became known as the Hyde amendment.
               Just last month, President Bush bestowed upon 
             Representative Hyde the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 
             Nation's highest civilian honor. The medal is designed to 
             recognize great contributions to national security, the 
             cause of peace and freedom, science, the arts, literature, 
             and many other fields; I can think of few individuals more 
             deserving of this high honor.
               Madam Speaker, our country and this great institution 
             have been blessed to share in the life of Chairman Henry 
             Hyde. May we never forget the leadership he displayed or 
             the lessons he taught us. May we continue to keep the 
             entire Hyde family in our thoughts and prayers.
                                              Monday, December 17, 2007
               Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules 
             and agree to the resolution (H. Res. 843) mourning the 
             passing of Congressman Henry J. Hyde and celebrating his 
             leadership and service to the people of Illinois and the 
             United States of America, as amended.
               The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
               The text of the resolution is as follows:
                                     H. Res. 843
               Whereas all Members of Congress affect the history of 
             the United States, but Congressman Henry J. Hyde leaves a 
             legacy as one of the most principled and influential 
             public servants of his generation that will endure for 
             many years;
               Whereas millions of men and women across America mourn 
             the death of the distinguished former Congressman from 
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde, upon his graduation from high 
             school, earned a scholarship to play basketball at 
             Georgetown University, and participated in the [1943] NCAA 
             national championship basketball tournament;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde served valorously in the United 
             States Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific, New 
             Guinea, and the Lingayen Gulf and continued to serve in 
             the Naval Reserve until 1968;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde returned to the United States from 
             active duty in 1946, graduated a year later with a 
             bachelor of [science] degree, and went on to earn a law 
             degree from Loyola University Law School in [1949];
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde served in the Illinois House of 
             Representatives from 1967 to 1974;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde was elected to serve Illinois's 
             Congressional District in the United States House of 
             Representatives in 1974;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde will be remembered for his 
             impassioned opposition to abortion, and the Hyde 
             Amendment, which banned the federal funding of abortion;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde was named chairman of the 
             Committee on the Judiciary in 1995 and played a vital role 
             in the passage of key elements of the Contract with 
             America, and as a skilled lawyer and someone who loved the 
             practice of law, he understood and respected the rule of 
             law as an essential part of American democracy;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde was instrumental in the early 
             1980s reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 
             and known for initiatives including the Family and Medical 
             Leave Act, nutrition programs for women, infants, and 
             children, Federal standards for collection of child 
             support, and landmark patent, copyright, and trademark 
             reform legislation;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde was named chairman of the 
             Committee on International Relations in 2001 and worked 
             across the political divide to successfully enact 
             legislation to address the burgeoning international HIV/
             AIDS crisis, and also succeeded in enacting landmark 
             foreign assistance legislation, including the creation of 
             the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the expansion of 
             United States funding for microenterprise initiatives 
             aimed at helping the poor and vulnerable;
               Whereas during his long distinguished career, Henry J. 
             Hyde played an integral role in debates over United 
             States-Soviet relations, Central America policy, the War 
             Powers Act, the Taiwan Relations Act, NATO expansion, and 
             the investigation of the Iran-Contra affair;
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde highly respected the institutional 
             integrity of the House of Representatives, and was a 
             forceful advocate for maintaining the dignity of the House 
             and for recognizing the sacrifices and struggles Members 
             make while in its service;
               Whereas in 2006, Henry J. Hyde retired from the House of 
             Representatives, where he maintained ties of bipartisan 
             civility throughout the more than 3 decades of dedicated 
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde was awarded the Nation's highest 
             civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on 
             November 5, 2007, for tirelessly championing the weak and 
             forgotten and working to build a more hopeful America; and
               Whereas Henry J. Hyde has been characterized as a 
             statesman, a constitutional scholar, a person with sharp 
             wit and a keen sense of history, a passionate orator, a 
             compassionate man, and a person with a distinguished 
             career who has left an indelible mark on the legacy of the 
             United States House of Representatives: Now, therefore, be 
               Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
               (1) expresses its appreciation for the profound 
             dedication and public service of Congressman Henry J. 
               (2) notes that he was preceded in death by his late wife 
             Jeanne Simpson and his son, Henry ``Hank'' Hyde;
               (3) tenders its deep sympathy to his wife, Judy 
             Wolverton, to his children, Robert, Laura, and Anthony, 
             and to the entire family of the former Member of Congress 
             and staff;
               (4) directs that the eulogies offered concerning the 
             life of the Honorable Henry J. Hyde, former Representative 
             from the State of Illinois, be bound and printed as a 
             House document; and
               (5) directs the Clerk of the House to transmit a copy of 
             this resolution to the family of Congressman Henry J. 

               The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the 
             gentleman from New York (Mr. Crowley) and the gentleman 
             from California (Mr. Daniel E. Lungren) each will control 
             20 minutes.
               The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York.

               Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as 
             I may consume.
               Mr. Speaker, I'd like to recognize the service of our 
             former colleague, a Member of the House of 
             Representatives, Mr. Hyde, who served in the House of 
             Representatives from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 2007, 
             and served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, as well 
             as chairman of the International Relations Committee.
               Mr. Hyde's life was a good, long life and a complex life 
             as well. Mr. Hyde graduated from high school and earned a 
             scholarship to play basketball at Georgetown University. 
             He participated in the 1943 NCAA basketball tournament. As 
             a college basketball fan, I think that may be the height 
             of his career. But that was only the beginning.
               He went on to serve valorously in the U.S. Navy from 
             1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific, New Guinea, the Guinean 
             Gulf, and continued in the Reserves well into the 1960s.
               Mr. Hyde was elected to serve the constituents of the 
             Illinois Sixth Congressional District, I think where he 
             certainly contributed mightily and tremendously to the 
             advancement of the Congress, as well as our country.
               I had the great opportunity to serve with Henry Hyde as 
             a member of the International Relations Committee, a 
             somewhat junior member, then a mid-bench member. I always 
             enjoyed the banter with the chairman; quick witted, and 
             incredibly intelligent, steeped in history, understood 
             every bill that was before him, and understood where he 
             stood on those issues.
               And although Mr. Hyde and I did not agree on every 
             political issue, I admired his tenacity. I admired his 
             demeanor. I admired the way in which he handled himself, 
             both in committee, on the floor, and as a person.
               I also had the opportunity to travel with Mr. Hyde on a 
             trip to a country that is near and dear to both himself 
             and myself, the country of our ancestry, Ireland. I know 
             that he was proud of the work of the advancement of peace 
             and justice in Ireland, in all of Ireland, and worked 
             mightily toward that end.
               But Mr. Hyde had numerous accomplishments. And I'll 
             leave that to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle 
             to advance today. But I would urge the adoption of this 
             resolution, as amended.
               Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

               Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise 
             in support of H. Res. 843, mourning the passage of 
             Congressman Henry Hyde and celebrating his leadership and 
             service to the people of Illinois and the United States of 
               And at this time I would like to recognize for 5 minutes 
             the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Roskam), who is the prime 
             sponsor of this legislation, and the successor to Henry 
             Hyde in that seat from the great State of Illinois.

               Mr. ROSKAM. Mr. Speaker, a special word of thanks to the 
             majority leader, who worked hard to get this resolution on 
             the floor, and to him I'm deeply grateful.
               You know, there's been a lot said about Henry Hyde over 
             the past several weeks, particularly since his passing and 
             in the weeks prior to that when he received the Medal of 
             Freedom from President Bush in a White House ceremony that 
             he was unable to attend due to his illness.
               And we've often focused in those comments on his conduct 
             here in the House of Representatives, Mr. Speaker, but I 
             would like to give just a little bit of a glimpse of what 
             he was like back at home, because the same shadow that was 
             cast here in the Capitol was similarly cast in the Sixth 
             District of Illinois, which is the west and northwest 
             suburbs of Chicago. There, he was Henry Hyde who would be 
             routinely introduced at various gatherings, and in 
             partisan gatherings he would oftentimes get a standing 
             ovation from a very grateful group of Republicans. But all 
             across the aisle, both sides of the aisle, people were 
             able to approach him, and they would often think of him, 
             really, as an alderman for that area, or almost a city 
             councilman. And by that I don't mean anything to negate 
             his status, but simply, his accessibility as a Member of 
             Congress, which was something really to behold. You could 
             routinely find him in his district. He would fly back and 
             forth every week into O'Hare Airport, which was right in 
             the middle of his Sixth District of Illinois.
               And I think that he was one of those people who, when 
             you think about Congressmen, you think about the very best 
             and the very brightest. And I would submit that when, from 
             1974 all the way up through his retirement, when people 
             contemplated Henry Hyde, he was contemplated in a way that 
             was a positive reflection on this institution. When people 
             thought of him, they thought, You know what? That's the 
             way a Congressman is supposed to be. That's the way a 
             Congressman is supposed to handle himself. That's the way 
             a Congressman is supposed to interact with people on his 
             own side of the aisle and, even more important, with 
             people on the other side of the aisle.
               His legacy is one, and his name will inextricably be 
             linked with the pro-life movement. He was a passionate 
             advocate, as we all know, for the unborn.
               He did his duty in the impeachment of President Clinton. 
             But those things, while they're formative, and they're 
             very interesting, and they are who he was, sort of the 
             lead gets buried if you stop the Henry Hyde story there, 
             because he was someone who was also very active and a 
             partner in trying to reach out to come up with the funds 
             and the support to take on HIV/AIDS globally.
               And he was far ahead of his time. He was one who broke 
             from his ranks and voted in favor of the Family and 
             Medical Leave Act, much to the chagrin, at the time, of 
             many in his party who subsequently have come to see the 
             light of that courage of his convictions.
               And so, Mr. Speaker, in closing, this is a time of 
             reflection and it's a time of honoring the legacy of a 
             great man. And I think the words of Paul Johnson, a great 
             British historian, come to mind when he wrote a history of 
             the American people. And the British historian Johnson 
             said, to paraphrase, he said this: All kinds of factors go 
             into how history comes out. Just all kinds of things. But 
             without question, the single most important factor are the 
             people who are in charge at the time.
               And I think all of us today rise and acknowledge that 
             Henry J. Hyde and the oath that he took and the way in 
             which he carried himself in office was a great credit, not 
             only to this institution, but a great credit to our 

               Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to yield once 
             again to my good friend from the territory of Samoa, 
             Representative Eni Faleomavaega, for as much time as he 
             may consume.

               Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Mr. Speaker, again I want to thank my 
             good friend from New York for yielding me such time to say 
             a few words in honoring this gentleman.
               As I'm sure that I did not want to miss this opportunity 
             to stand here on the floor and to express my feelings of 
             this great American, as I'm sure there may have been a 
             special order already taken where Members could speak and 
             give their sense of tribute to Congressman Henry Hyde.
               I thank the gentleman from Illinois for his sponsorship 
             of this bill, and want to thank the members of the 
             Illinois delegation for their sponsorship of this 
             legislation to honor my good friend and dear colleague, 
             the late Congressman Henry J. Hyde, whom I've had the 
             distinct privilege of serving with when he served as 
             chairman of the House Committee on International 
               Mr. Speaker, Chairman Hyde and I did not always agree on 
             the issues and bills that were brought before our 
             committee, but one thing that I valued tremendously 
             concerning the character of this great leader, and that is 
             he respected the opinions of others, even though they may 
             have differed from his.
               Chairman Hyde was a great leader, a man of principle, 
             and a true patriot and statesman. And above all, Mr. 
             Speaker, he was my friend.
               I'm reminded of a Chinese proverb, Mr. Speaker, and the 
             proverb states, ``There are many acquaintances but very 
             few friends.''
               Congressman Henry Hyde was my friend. Have a good 
             journey, Henry.

               Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California. Mr. Speaker, one of 
             the most fortunate things I've had happen in my life is 
             that I was able to serve for 12 years with Henry Hyde; 10 
             years during the first period of time I served, and then 
             the first 2 years of my return to the Congress. For 10 of 
             those years, well, all 12 of those years, I served on the 
             Judiciary Committee with him, and he was, in my mind, a 
             great man.
               We all have our heroes, I suppose, in life. My dad's a 
             hero of mine. Ronald Reagan was a hero of mine. Mother 
             Theresa is a hero of mine. And in this House, Henry Hyde 
             was and continues to be a hero of mine.
               Recently, we have had a lot of debate and discussion in 
             the national press about the appropriate place for 
             religion and religious values in public debate. The speech 
             given by the former Governor of Massachusetts, Governor 
             Romney, has been called the speech reminding people of the 
             speech given by another gentleman from Massachusetts some 
             40 years ago, President John F. Kennedy. And in their own 
             way, they were both outstanding speeches.
               But one of the speeches I recall on the same subject was 
             given by Henry Hyde. It was the speech he gave at my alma 
             matter, the University of Notre Dame, in the same year 
             that Governor Cuomo gave a speech to the university, 
             attempting to address the question of what the proper role 
             was of religious values in public life.
               Now, it was particularized in the fact that both 
             Governor Cuomo and Henry Hyde were Roman Catholics. But 
             what they said there and what Henry said there is not 
             limited merely to a Catholic in public service, but goes 
             to the question of what someone who has deeply held 
             religious values should do when confronted with the great 
             ideas of their time.
               Perhaps the greatest example in political history is 
             that of Sir Thomas More, also known as St. Thomas More, 
             immortalized in the great play, ``A Man for All Seasons,'' 
             when he attempted to try and deal with the tremendous 
             disconnect at times between what in the secular world 
             appears to be an obvious conflict between deeply held 
             values and your responsibility as an elected or appointed 
               Similarly, in a closer period of time in our history, a 
             work that influenced the speech of John Kennedy was a 
             great writing by John Courtney Murray called, ``We Hold 
             These Truths.'' John Courtney Murray was a tremendous 
             Jesuit priest and political theorist whose work probably 
             was the greatest influence in the Catholic Church during 
             the Second Vatican Council in understanding what political 
             liberty was all about. And I have used both of those 
             writings in trying to understand what my obligation in 
             life is.
               But ranking alongside both of those works is this work 
             by Henry Hyde called, ``For Every Idle Silence.'' He took 
             that from a statement by St. Ambrose. He said, ``Not only 
             for every idle word but for every silence must man render 
             an account.'' Henry Hyde believed that.
               In the speech at my alma mater, Henry Hyde said in 1984, 
             ``This must be an election year. Everyone is talking about 
             theology.'' The reason I mention that is here we are 20-
             some years past that time, and there are those that 
             believe that this issue is arising for the first time, and 
             somehow we have some difficulty in understanding what it's 
             all about.
               So I would just like to reflect on a few words of Henry 
             Hyde in that speech which perhaps would give us some 
             direction as we approach that same issue this year. He 

               First and hopefully most obviously, we are not arguing 
             about the creation of a theocracy or anything remotely 
             approaching it. We're not talking about declaring 
             ourselves a Christian nation or a nation under any 

               But he said:

               We are, as our coinage and our Pledge of Allegiance 
             asserts, a Nation ``under God'': that means a Nation under 
             God's judgment, constantly reminded by our smallest coin 
             that the true measure of ourselves comes from beyond 
             ourselves. Again, for the church as well as for democracy, 
             let us preserve the integrity of both the political 
             process and the church.

               And he went on to say:

               In the second place, we are not arguing about whether 
             ``religion and politics should mix.'' This formula, so 
             simple, is also deceptive and disorienting. Religion, the 
             expression of what theologian Paul Tillich called our 
             ``ultimate concern,'' and politics have ``mixed,'' 
             intermingled, shaped and influenced each other centuries 
             before the conversion of Constantine.

               And Henry goes on to say:

               And this has been true of our American experiment as 
             well. The claim that American religion has always been 
             ``intensely private between the individual and God'' would 
             surely have come as news to John Winthrop and the 
             Pilgrims, to Jonathan Edwards, to the Abolitionists, to 
             Lincoln, to 15 generations of the black church, and not 
             least to American Catholics taught by the magisterial John 
             Courtney Murray, architect of the Vatican Council's 
             ``Declaration on Religious Liberty.'' Throughout our 
             history, religious values have always been a part of the 
             public policy debate. Religious values, particularly the 
             Judeo-Christian tradition's insistence on the inherent 
             dignity and inviolable worth of each individual human 
             life, lie at the root of what Murray called the ``American 

               Henry says,

               Yes, other influences shaped the Founders of our 
             Republic. Enlightenment modes of political philosophy play 
             their important role, too. But to borrow a phrase 
             momentarily from the Marxists, ``it is no accident'' that 
             Benjamin Franklin, one of the deistic Founders, proposed 
             as a device on the Great Seal of the United States a 
             picture of Moses lifting up his staff and dividing the Red 
             Sea while the Pharaoh was overwhelmed in its waters, with 
             the motto ``Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.''
               Jefferson, often considered the most implacable foe of 
             ``mixing'' religion and politics, countered with the 
             suggestion that the Great Seal depict the children of 
             Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and a 
             pillar of fire by night.

               Henry Hyde understood that we are influenced and 
             informed by our most deeply held beliefs and that it is 
             not un-American to bring those to the debate. He also 
             suggested that what we also understood was that we should 
             not establish any particular religion or demand the 
             American people bow to any particular religion.
               Henry Hyde gave us tremendous guidance, and for those in 
             the debate involved today, I would suggest they might want 
             to look at Henry's book, ``For Every Idle Silence,'' 
             including that speech at Notre Dame which he entitled, 
             with his usual good sense and humor, ``Keeping God in the 
             Closet, Some Thoughts on the Exorcism of Religious Values 
             from Public Life.''
               Henry Hyde was a remarkable man. He had a great wit 
             about him. You could argue on the floor with him as 
             strongly as possible, and he would come over across the 
             aisle, punch you in the arm and tell you a joke. He took 
             what he did seriously, but he never took himself too 
             seriously. He was an inspiration to me and many others 
             around the world.
               I remember one time I asked Henry, do you ever get tired 
             being involved in the debate on the right to life, and he 
             said to me, ``You know, I do, but as I get older and think 
             of my mortality, I think about the possibility of entering 
             the gates of heaven, and I think of the faces of those 
             children whose lives I've saved, standing there saying to 
             me, `Welcome, Henry, welcome.' ''
               Ultimately, I think Henry's life can be summed up in the 
             last words that he gave to the students and faculty of the 
             University of Notre Dame in 1984. He said this to those 

               And so I ask again, do you change the world or does the 
             world change you?
               There was a ``Just Man'' many centuries ago who tried to 
             save Sodom from destruction. Ignoring his warning, mocking 
             him with silence, the inhabitants shielded themselves with 
             indifference. But still he persisted, and taking pity on 
             him, a child asked, ``Why do you go on?'' The Just Man 
             replied that in the beginning, he thought he could change 
             man. ``Today,'' he said, ``I know I cannot. If I still 
             shout and scream, it's to prevent them from changing me!''

               As Henry said to those students that day: ``I hope you 
             go out and change the world!''
               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde was the Just Man. Henry Hyde did 
             work. Henry Hyde changed the world. I am thankful for his 
             leadership. I'm thankful for him being a colleague. I'm 
             thankful to be able to call him friend, and I rise in 
             strong support of H. Res. 843.
               Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

               Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I have no other speakers on 
             our side and will close, and I will just say that it's 
             been noted to me that it's highly unusual for us to have a 
             House resolution honoring a former Member but maybe 
             appropriate in this particular case because Henry Hyde was 
             an unusual person, and I will just go back again to my 
             experience with him on the committee.
               I found him to be very fair, very just, a very abiding 
             chairman, and was concerned as much about the decorum of 
             the committee and how we conducted the business of our 
             committee as well would be done in a fair and just way. 
             That's something that I will certainly remember Henry Hyde 
               I hope as we move forward, not only today or next year, 
             but in Congresses to come, that that rapport between 
             Members of both sides, regardless of where we find 
             ourselves on issues, can conduct ourselves in a way which 
             would make Chairman Hyde proud.
               The last time I saw Chairman Hyde was where I more often 
             saw him sitting, next to the portrait of Lafayette here in 
             the House of Representatives in a wheelchair and remarking 
             to him, as I always did, ``Mr. Chairman, how are you,'' 
             even though he was no longer chairman of a standing 
             committee here in the House. For many of us on our side, 
             as well as yours, he was always the Chairman, and we say 
             to Chairman Hyde, God bless and Godspeed.

               Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I was deeply 
             saddened to learn that Henry J. Hyde passed away on 
             Thursday, November 29, 2007. I know I join my colleagues 
             both past and present in thanking this truly remarkable 
             man for his contribution to this country.
               Former Representative Henry Hyde served his country 
             honorably both in the U.S. Navy during World War II and 
             later as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 
             Representative Hyde was first elected to the House of 
             Representatives in 1975, where he later served as chairman 
             of the House Judiciary Committee and the House 
             International Relations Committee.
               During his tenure in Congress, Henry Hyde will be 
             remembered for leading the impeachment proceedings against 
             former President Bill Clinton and for his staunch 
             opposition to abortion rights, both issues on which he and 
             I strongly differed. Despite my opposition, Henry Hyde 
             always took principled stands on issues and legislation 
             and personified what it means to be called ``The 
               Henry Hyde had always been considerate to me, generous 
             with his time and extremely helpful to me as a legislator. 
             Not long after I was sworn in as a new Member, he acted as 
             a mentor and we became close friends despite our political 
             and ideological differences. I was pleased to work with 
             Henry on the Hyde-Jackson partnership, the effort to bring 
             a third airport to the Chicagoland region. On this 
             specific issue, I owe Congressman Hyde a debt of gratitude 
             for his leadership, public service, experience and wisdom.
               I will miss my good friend and trusted mentor and my 
             deepest condolences go to his family.

               Mr. LANTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join this 
             commemoration of the extraordinary life of Henry Hyde, the 
             late, able chairman of the House International Relations 
             Committee. The U.S. House of Representatives lost an 
             institutional legend this year, and those of us lucky 
             enough to have served with Henry Hyde lost a treasured 
             friend. Although Henry and I did not always agree on 
             matters of policy, I have a deep and lasting respect for 
             his service to this country.
               Mr. Speaker, Henry Hyde was a giant. His integrity, 
             intelligence, and patriotism were of towering proportions. 
             Our friendship always transcended partisan political 
             considerations and was reminiscent of an era of 
             congressional collegiality. Henry's passionate commitment 
             to public service and to the American people will serve as 
             a beacon for generations.
               Henry Hyde had a wide variety of legislative feathers in 
             his cap, but I wish today to speak about two particularly 
             notable accomplishments. The first rightfully bears his 
             name--the Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful 
             Atomic Energy Cooperation Act. This bipartisan agreement 
             was done with cooperation in both Chambers. It represents 
             the right way of legislating--ample preparation, 
             consideration of all ideas, bipartisan cooperation, 
             cordial relations with the other body, and keen attention 
             to institutional prerogatives.
               Also under Henry's leadership, Congress approved 
             groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation to fund the global 
             battle against the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. 
             Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act 
             of 2003 would not have happened without Henry's strength 
             and persistence, and it stands as a testament to his life 
             and work. Henry memorably--and astutely--compared the 
             scourge of HIV/AIDS to the bubonic plague in its tragic 
             scope. We are now in the midst of renewing the mandate of 
             this vital legislation, and Henry's leading role in it 
             will be very much on his colleagues' minds.
               A member of the International Relations Committee since 
             1982, Henry was a key figure in debates and decisions 
             about war and peace, international arms control, the 
             expansion of NATO, and U.N. reform. He also served with 
             distinction on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, 
             but I will let others speak to his achievements there. And 
             of course, the continued, devoted support by his 
             constituents through 16 terms in Congress speaks volumes 
             about his work on behalf of his district.
               Mr. Speaker, Henry chaired the International Relations 
             Committee for 6 years, through some of the most pivotal 
             and riveting challenges of our times. He wielded his gavel 
             with fairness, intellectual honesty and no small amount of 
             wit. Some of us may disagree with some of his policies, 
             but he was a true gentleman of the House, and he will be 
             deeply and sincerely missed.

               Mr. TIAHRT. Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues today to 
             honor a great American. Henry Hyde was a true gentleman 
             and a greatly respected Member of Congress. Many words 
             come to mind when I think of Mr. Hyde: leadership, 
             aggressiveness, determination, dignity. Many sought 
             counsel from him, including me. He was a tremendous 
             orator, with a keen mind and a silver tongue. Members of 
             both parties liked and respected him, because they knew 
             that, regardless of party or ideology, they would be 
             treated fairly, with dignity and respect.
               Unfortunately, Henry Hyde has been criticized in the 
             press for leading the impeachment proceedings against 
             President Bill Clinton, but the most important cause he 
             led was to protect life. His political career was 
             comprehensive, but it is his work to protect and promote 
             the dignity of human life that has had the greatest 
             impact. His efforts in this body are unmatched, and he 
             leaves a profound legacy of challenges met, obstacles 
             overcome, and grace in tumultuous times. He will be deeply 
             missed, and our prayers go to the entire Hyde family 
             during this difficult time.
               I join many of my colleagues in praising the life and 
             work of Henry Hyde. The greatest tribute we can give him 
             is to carry on his efforts to acknowledge the worth of 
             every single human being, born and unborn. I encourage 
             Members of this body and our constituents to follow 
             Henry's lead and make sure that we honor the value of 

               Mr. BUYER. Mr. Speaker, with the passing of Congressman 
             Hyde, the country lost a true patriot who was deeply 
             dedicated to the American people. He had a distinguished 
             career in public service, beginning with his time in the 
             Navy during World War II, followed by his service in the 
             Illinois General Assembly, and then in the House of 
             Representatives. Henry's leadership and steadfastness to 
             principle quickly became apparent in the House. He always 
             was a stalwart defender of the rights of the unborn, and 
             pushed the Congress to see clearly the impact of its 
             decisions on the defenseless.
               I was honored to serve with Henry while he was chairman 
             of the Judiciary Committee, enduring long markups to move 
             the Contract with America legislation, equipping our law 
             enforcement with the tools to fight terrorism, and 
             combating the scourge of drugs in our society. His amiable 
             personality hid an individual who did not shy from a 
             fight, especially when it came to upholding the 
             Constitution, the rule of law, and other interests of the 
             United States. As a fellow House impeachment manager, and 
             as one of the ``band of brothers,'' I am truly honored to 
             call him my brother and I will miss him.

               Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my 

               The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion 
             offered by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Crowley) that 
             the House suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, 
             H. Res. 843, as amended.
               The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the 
             affirmative) the rules were suspended and the resolution, 
             as amended, was agreed to.
               A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

               Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the 
             life and memory of Congressman Henry J. Hyde, the 
             Representative of the Sixth District of Illinois from 1975 
             to 2007. Congressman Hyde was a distinguished and well-
             respected member of this body, serving for 32 years in the 
             House of Representatives.
               During his tenure, Congressman Hyde served honorably as 
             the chairman of the Judiciary and International Relations 
             Committees and contributed much to this Nation. My 
             thoughts and prayers go out to Congressman Hyde's family 
             and friends during this difficult time.
               While Congressman Hyde's accomplishments are many, I 
             want to take a moment to share one that is both emblematic 
             of the mark he left and of which I am particularly 
             grateful. During the 109th Congress, I had the pleasure of 
             working with Congressman Hyde to help spur the creation of 
             the first Jewish American Heritage Month.
               As the lead Republican cosponsor of the House 
             Resolution, Congressman Hyde was instrumental in garnering 
             the support of the President of the United Sates and 
             Republican leadership in the House, especially that of 
             Speaker Hastert.
               With support from around the country, the House and 
             Senate passed resolutions in early 2006 urging the 
             President to establish Jewish American Heritage Month. 
             President Bush then proclaimed the first Jewish American 
             Heritage Month in May 2006 so that Americans could come 
             together to celebrate the many contributions that Jews 
             have made to the fabric of our society.
               Thanks to Congressman Hyde's commitment and dedication, 
             American Jewish culture and heritage is now celebrated 
             each May by our Nation. In appreciation of this 
             leadership, and in honor of Congressman Hyde's lifetime 
             commitment to serving his country, I have requested that a 
             tree be planted in Israel dedicated to his memory.
               I again express my deepest sympathy to Congressman 
             Hyde's family, friends, and the people of Illinois.
                                           Wednesday, December 19, 2007
               Mr. DREIER. Madam Speaker, we are all saddened by the 
             passing of our friend and colleague, the gentleman from 
             Illinois (Mr. Hyde). He will be sorely missed not only by 
             his fellow Members, but by the countless people who came 
             in contact with him on a daily basis.
               One such person is Mr. Bert Caswell, a guide with the 
             Capitol Guide Service. I am including for the Record a 
             poem written by Bert about the late Mr. Hyde . . . . I 
             hope all Members will take the time to read this poem and 
             remember Henry Hyde.
                            Somethings, You Can Not Hyde!
             You can not Hyde!
             That lives with us, so very deep down inside . . . 
               throughout our lives!
             All in what we say and do!
             All in who we so touch . . . that make us a real who's 
             As in our times, that which so comes into view!
             For it's all about how you so carry yourself, as when you 
             For it's all in what you so do, in others' eyes, as your 
               time upon this earth goes by!
             For these are the things that which one can not Hyde!
             Fast breaking in our lives!
             To court our hearts, all in our part called life that 
               which so defines!
             All in The Game of Life, you were so great Henry Hyde!
             Henry Hyde, was such The Man . . .
             Who upon the hardwood and on the floor of The House, did 
               so boldly stand!
             All because of his great heart, and stance . . . and his 
               gentle hand!
             From That Land of Lincoln . . .
             From one court of greatness to another, always thinking!
             As across the aisle he reached out his hand!
             Quiet in his calm and caring grace.
             For his service to God and Country he now so holds his 
               place . . .
             And for all of those magnificent children, he did stand!
             Oh, Henry Hyde,
             You were, But The Man! For in you we can so understand!
             What it is to be a leader, a patriot, a family man . . . 
               and God fearing man!
             Yes, In Life . . . Somethings, You Just Can Not Hyde!
                                              Tuesday, January 22, 2008
               Mr. KING of Iowa. . . . We said goodbye to the elegant 
             statesman and the great lion for life, Henry Hyde, 
             Chairman Henry Hyde. Many of us count him as a friend. I 
             counted him as one of the honors of my life to be able to 
             call him as a friend and someone whom I admired.
               The words on the program at Henry Hyde's funeral were a 
             quote from him that say this:

               When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that 
             awesome moment, the final judgement, I've often thought, 
             as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of 
             loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone 
             standing before God, and a terror will rip through your 
             soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that 
             those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think 
             there will be a chorus of voices that have never been 
             heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly 
             in the next world, and they will plead for everyone who 
             has been in this movement. They will say to God, ``Spare 
             him because he loved us,'' and God will look at you and 
             say not ``Did you succeed?'' but ``Did you try?''

               God bless his life and his effort, and may he save the 
             lives of the unborn.
                              Proceedings in the Senate
                                               Friday, December 7, 2007
               Mr. HATCH. Mr. President, I rise today to speak in honor 
             of Representative Henry Hyde, who, as we all know, passed 
             away last Thursday. I believe all those who knew Henry 
             will remember him for his sincere moral convictions and 
             his dedication to the country.
               Representative Hyde was born in Chicago in 1924. He 
             graduated from Georgetown University, where he was a 
             standout on the basketball team that made it all the way 
             to the 1943 national championship game. He went on to 
             obtain a law degree from Loyola University.
               Henry was in the Navy during World War II, serving in 
             combat in the Philippines. After the war, he served for 
             more than 20 years in the Naval Reserve, eventually 
             obtaining the rank of Commander.
               In 1974, he was elected to the House of Representatives 
             where he would represent the citizens of the Sixth 
             Congressional District of Illinois for 32 years. During 
             his time in the House, he became known as a steadfast 
             proponent of the rights of the unborn, authoring the Hyde 
             amendment, which, to this day, ensures that Federal 
             taxpayer funds are not used in the performance of 
             abortions. He was also a stalwart supporter of our 
             Nation's military and firm believer in the need to uphold 
             the rule of law.
               Henry and I had the distinct privilege of having our 
             chairmanships of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees 
             overlap for a substantial period of time. We worked 
             together on numerous pieces of legislation and I always 
             enjoyed the passion and energy he brought to every issue. 
             Henry was a very capable legislator and a man of deep 
             convictions. Last month, President Bush honored 
             Representative Hyde by awarding him our Nation's highest 
             civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. During 
             the ceremony, which Henry could not attend due to his 
             declining health, the President described Henry as a 
             ``powerful defender of life, a leading advocate for a 
             strong national defense, and an unwavering voice for 
             liberty, democracy, and free enterprise around the 
               While there were times that Representative Hyde found 
             himself in the middle of divisive and fiercely partisan 
             debates, I don't think that anyone would doubt that he 
             always sought to stand behind his principles and to do 
             what he believed was best for our country. I want to 
             express my deepest condolences to Representative Hyde's 
             family and my thanks for his years of service to our great 
             Nation. He will be sorely missed.
                                           Wednesday, December 12, 2007
               Mr. GRASSLEY. Mr. President, today, I am introducing a 
             Senate resolution to honor the life and work of 
             Congressman Henry John Hyde of Illinois. I authored this 
             resolution because I knew Henry Hyde for over 20 years. In 
             fact, he and I were 2 of 16 Republicans who were first 
             elected to the House of Representatives in 1974.
               Congressman Hyde was a true leader in the House of 
             Representatives. He proved his leadership by authoring the 
             Hyde amendment to help protect the lives of unborn 
             children. Because of this long-standing policy, innocent 
             lives have been saved and taxpayers have not been forced 
             to fund abortions.
               Henry Hyde was intelligent, as was proved during his 
             tenure as chairman of two different committees--the House 
             Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on 
             International Relations. In his 32 years in the House of 
             Representatives, he was dedicated to the rule of law as 
             well as the expansion of freedom around the world.
               He was a great Representative for the people of his 
             district, and he leaves an important legacy for our 
             Nation. It is with great respect that I introduce this 
             resolution in his honor.
                                            Thursday, December 13, 2007
                          CONTRIBUTIONS OF HENRY JOHN HYDE
               Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Coburn, 
             Mr. Cornyn, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Roberts, Mr. 
             Sununu, Mrs. Dole, Mr. Allard, Mr. Bunning, Ms. Snowe, Mr. 
             Domenici, Mr. Martinez, Mr. Ensign, Mr. Coleman, Mr. 
             Vitter, Mr. Hagel, Mr. Shelby, Mr. Thune, Mr. Bennett, Mr. 
             Crapo, Mr. Craig, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Kyl, Mr. Smith, Mr. 
             Graham, Mr. Inhofe, and Mr. Corker) submitted the 
             following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:
                                     S. Res. 405
               Whereas Representative Henry John Hyde of Illinois was 
             born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on April 18, 1924;
               Whereas Henry Hyde excelled as a student both at 
             Georgetown University, at which he helped take the Hoyas 
             basketball team to the National Collegiate Athletic 
             Association semifinals in 1943 [1943 NCAA championship] 
             and from which he graduated with a bachelor of science 
             degree in 1947, and at Loyola University Chicago School of 
             Law, from which he graduated in 1949;
               Whereas Henry Hyde served his country for his entire 
             adult life, as an officer of the United States Navy from 
             1944 to 1946, where he served in combat in the Philippines 
             during World War II, in the United States Navy Reserve 
             from 1946 to 1968, from which he retired at the rank of 
             Commander, as a member of the Illinois House of 
             Representatives from 1967 to 1974 and Majority Leader of 
             that body from 1971 to 1972, as a delegate to the Illinois 
             Republican State Conventions from 1958 to 1974, and as a 
             Republican Member of the United States House of 
             Representatives for 16 Congresses, over 3 decades from 
             January 3, 1975, to January 3, 2007;
               Whereas Henry Hyde served as the Ranking Member on the 
             Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
             Representatives from 1985 to 1991, in the 99th through 
             101st Congresses, and as chairman of the Committee on the 
             Judiciary of the House of Representatives from the 104th 
             through 106th Congresses and the Committee on 
             International Relations from the 107th through 109th 
               Whereas, in his capacity as a United States 
             Representative, Henry Hyde tirelessly served as a champion 
             for children, both born and unborn, and relentlessly 
             defended the rule of law;
               Whereas Henry Hyde demonstrated his commitment to the 
             rule of law during his tenure in the House of 
             Representatives, once stating, ``The rule of law is no 
             pious aspiration from a civics textbook. The rule of law 
             is what stands between us and the arbitrary exercise of 
             power by the state. The rule of law is the safeguard of 
             our liberties. The rule of law is what allows us to live 
             our freedom in ways that honor the freedom of others while 
             strengthening the common good . . . If across the river in 
             Arlington Cemetery there are American heroes who died in 
             defense of the rule of law, can we give less than the full 
             measure of our devotion to that great cause?'';
               Whereas Henry Hyde was a key player in some of the 
             highest level debates concerning the response to the 
             terrorist attacks on our Nation on September 11, 2001;
               Whereas Henry Hyde received the Presidential Medal of 
             Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian honor, on November 
             5, 2007, at a ceremony at which President George W. Bush 
             explained about Representative Hyde, ``He used his 
             persuasive powers for noble causes. He stood for a strong 
             and purposeful America--confident in freedom's advance, 
             and firm in freedom's defense. He stood for limited, 
             accountable government, and the equality of every person 
             before the law. He was a gallant champion of the weak and 
             forgotten, and a fearless defender of life in all its 
               Whereas Henry Hyde's greatest legacy is as the author, 
             during his freshman term in the House of Representatives, 
             of an amendment to the 1976 Departments of Labor and 
             Health, Education, and Welfare Appropriations Act--
             commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment--that prohibits 
             Federal dollars from being used to pay for the abortion of 
             unborn babies, which conservative figures estimate has 
             saved at least 1,000,000 lives;
               Whereas Henry Hyde lived by the belief that we will all 
             be judged by our Creator in the end for our actions here 
             on Earth, which he once explained on the floor of the 
             House of Representatives by saying, ``Our moment in 
             history is marked by a mortal conflict between a culture 
             of life and a culture of death. God put us in the world to 
             do noble things, to love and to cherish our fellow human 
             beings, not to destroy them. Today we must choose 
               Whereas Henry Hyde selflessly battled for the causes 
             that formed the core of his beliefs until the end of his 
             life, and was greatly respected by his friends and 
             adversaries alike for his dedication and will remain a 
             role model for advocates of those causes by virtue of his 
             conviction, passion, wisdom, and character; and
               Whereas Henry Hyde was preceded in death by his first 
             wife, Jeanne, and his son Hank, and is survived by his 
             second wife, Judy, his sons Robert and Anthony and 
             daughter Laura, 3 stepchildren, Susan, Mitch, and Stephen, 
             7 grandchildren, and 7 step-grandchildren: Now, therefore, 
             be it
               Resolved, That the Senate--
               (1) notes with deep sorrow the death of Henry John Hyde 
             on November 29, 2007, in Chicago;
               (2) extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family of 
             Henry Hyde;
               (3) recognizes the life of service and the outstanding 
             contributions of Henry Hyde; and
               (4) directs the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a 
             copy of this resolution to the family of Henry Hyde.

                                    Henry J. Hyde

             [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] T9800.003

             In Memoriam

             April 18, 1924-November 29, 2007

                            Introductory Rites

   Placing the Pall

  Entrance Hymn #612                            Amazing Grace

   Opening Prayer

                        Liturgy of the Word

  First Reading:                                Deuteronomy 30:11-20
     Honorable Duncan Hunter

   Responsorial Psalm:                           Psalm 23
   ``Shepherd me O God, beyond my wants,
    beyond my needs, from death into life''

  Second Reading:                               Romans 14:7-9, 10b-12
     Honorable David Dreier

  Gospel:                                       Luke 5:17-26
   Fr. Richard A. Rosinski

      Fr. Daniel P. Coughlin

 Prayers of the Faithful
     Mr. Tony Hyde

                       Liturgy of the Eucharist

   Offertory Hymn:                               Ave Maria

   Presentation of the Gifts
    Tom and Melinda Mooney

  Communion Hymn #814                           Taste and See
   ``Taste and see the goodness of the Lord''

                            Final Commendation

           Honorable John Boehner
           Honorable Jerry Costello
           Mr. Bob Hyde
           His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

        Prayer of Commendation
          Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran

        Recessional Hymn #404                       Jesus Remember Me
          ``Jesus Remember me when you come  into your kingdom''

         Pall bearers
              Honorable Wayne Anderson
              Mr. Pat Durante
              Mr. Mitch Glazier
              Mr. Stephen Glazier
              Mr. Jim Schiesser
              Mr. Tom Smeeton

              ``When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that 
              awesome moment, the final judgement, I've often thought,
               as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of 
                  loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there
              alone standing before God, and a terror will rip through 
             your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think 
             those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think 
               there will be a chorus of voices that have never been 
             in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the 
              next world, and they will plead for everyone who has been
             in this movement. They will say to God, `Spare him because 
                   he loved us,' and God will look at you and say
                    not `Did you succeed?' but `Did you try?' ''

                                    Henry J. Hyde

             [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] 

             Father Richard A. Rosinski. I bless the body of Henry, 
             with the holy water that recalls the day of his baptism, 
             of which Saint Paul writes: All of us who were baptized 
             into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. By baptism 
             into his death we were buried together with him, so that 
             just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of 
             the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have 
             been united with him by likeness to his death, we shall 
             also be united with him by likeness to his resurrection.
               On the day of his baptism Henry put on Christ. In the 
             day of Christ's coming, may he be clothed with glory.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Good morning. As we gather this 
             morning to celebrate, remember the life of Henry Hyde we 
             ask you to please join us in singing our opening hymn--
             number 612 in the Green Gather Hymnal. Amazing Grace, 
             number 612.

             [Amazing Grace]

             Father Richard A. Rosinski. With profound memories, and 
             great respect, in silence let us pray.


               O mighty God our father, we firmly believe that your son 
             died and rose to life. We pray for our brother, Henry, who 
             has died in Christ. Raise him at that last day, to share 
             the glory of the risen Christ, who lives and reigns with 
             you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever, and ever.

             People. Amen.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Mr. Hunter.

             Duncan Hunter. You know since ancient times when travelers 
             needed guidance they have always had that great North 
             Star. And no matter how difficult the journey they could 
             always look up and see that precise guidance shining 
             bright and faithful and always there for anybody who 
             wanted to lift their eyes. Henry Hyde was the North Star 
             of the U.S. Congress.
               This reading is from the book of Deuteronomy.
               For his command, which I enjoin on you today, is not too 
             mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky 
             that you should say ``who will go up in the sky to get it 
             for us and tell us of it. That we may carry it out.'' Nor 
             is it across the sea that you should say, ``who will cross 
             the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may 
             carry it out.'' Know it is something very near to you, 
             already in your mouths and in your hearts. You have only 
             to carry it out. Today I set before you life and 
             prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments 
             of the Lord your God, which I enjoin on you today--loving 
             him and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, 
             statutes, and decrees, you will live and grow numerous and 
             the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are 
             entering to occupy. If, however, you turn away your hearts 
             and will not listen, and are led astray and adore and 
             serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly 
             perish. You will not have a long life on the land which 
             you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy. I call 
             heaven and Earth today to witness against you. I have set 
             before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. 
             Choose life then that you and your descendants may live, 
             by loving the Lord your God, heeding his voice, and 
             holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, and 
             a long life for you to live on the land which the Lord 
             swore he will give to you.

             [Shepherd Me O God]

             David Dreier. No one could have asked for a better friend 
             than Henry Hyde, and to the family I have to say what an 
             honor it is to participate today.
               A reading of the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
               None of us lives for oneself and no one dies for 
             oneself. If we live, we live for the Lord and if we die, 
             we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die we 
             are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to 
             life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the 
             living for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of 
             God. For it is written, ``as I live'' says the Lord, 
             ``every knee shall bend before me and every tongue shall 
             give praise to God.''
               For all of us shall give an account of ourselves to God.
               The word of the Lord.

             People. Thanks be to God.


             Father Richard A. Rosinski. My sisters and brothers, may 
             the Lord be with you.

             People. And also with you.

             Celebrant. Hear a proclamation of the Holy Gospel 
             according to Saint Luke.

             People. Glory to you, Lord.

             Celebrant. One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and 
             teachers of the law were sitting there, would come from 
             every village in Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem and the 
             power of the Lord was with Him for healing. And some men 
             brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed. They were 
             trying to bring him in and set him in his presence but not 
             finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they 
             went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher 
             through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When 
             he saw their faith he said, ``As for you, your sins are 
             forgiven.'' When the scribes and Pharisees began asking 
             themselves, ``Who is this who speaks blasphemy? Who but 
             God alone can forgive sins?'' Jesus knew their thoughts 
             and said to them in reply ``What are you thinking in your 
             hearts? Which is easier to say--`Your sins are forgiven' 
             or to say `rise and walk'? But that you might know that 
             the Son of Man has authority on Earth to forgive sins.'' 
             He said to the man who was paralyzed, ``I say to you, 
             rise. Pick up your stretcher and go home.'' He stood up 
             immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying 
             on, and went home glorifying God. Then astonishment seized 
             all and they glorified God and struck with awe they said, 
             ``We have seen incredible things today.''
               The Gospel of the Lord.

             People. Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. The consistent teaching of Holy 
             Scripture is to outline a consistent ethic of life with 
             the living God. By the Spirit each of us can account to 
             the Lord and his Word throughout a lifetime. At times, a 
             specific passage of Scripture can make a most powerful 
             impact simply because it is read on a particular day at a 
             singular moment upon a most significant event. For 
             example, the words ``if we live, we live for the Lord, if 
             we die, we die for the Lord'' have a special significance 
             because it is December 7 and we remember the bombing of 
             Pearl Harbor.
               Today, the words ``The Lord your God will bless you in 
             the land you occupy'' have a special meaning for American 
             Catholics who celebrate the patronal feast of the United 
             States tomorrow, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I 
             want to tell you why the Gospel we just heard was chosen. 
             This Gospel has become a haunting and living parable for 
             me since I learned of Henry Hyde's death.
               Luke's narrative is a story of one man's encounter with 
             the Lord Jesus Christ.
               Because this is a story about a man wanting to be closer 
             to the Lord, the house, the people of faith around him, 
             and about a whole new life, it seems to me to be a 
             parabolic story of Congressman Hyde.
               Luke explains the scene in great detail. On this 
             particular day, Jesus is teaching. His teaching however is 
             not framed by the past. No, the teaching of Jesus is 
             ongoing and for everyone. Especially in this passage, for 
             religious and civic teachers of the law. He seems to 
             advise that law is not to divide people but for healing. 
             When there are cracks, gaps, fractures, or wedges in the 
             social fabric, law is needed for binding, holding people 
             together. Law is not some foreign form of dogmatic 
             imposition, but often the result of an elongated process 
             of forming human convictions that unite individual rights 
             and responsibilities with the common good of all. The 
             power revealed is not Machiavellian manipulation. Good law 
             reveals the power of the Lord.
               Here the Lord of the living and the dead comes to heal. 
             The Gospel text goes on to describe that some people 
             gathered around the man who was unable to move himself 
             now. They know the man's desire to be closer to the Lord. 
             It seems people gravitate easily around a man who seeks 
             only justice and healing so they want to present, put him 
             right in front of Jesus. They come together and after 
             testing the crowd they find a way into the house. When the 
             Lord sees their faith he turns toward the man and says 
             ``your sins are forgiven. No matter what you are thinking, 
             rise and walk.'' It is their faith, not the man lying 
             there, that moves the Lord to act.
               How blessed is the man who unites others around him. He 
             may know when and how to speak with authority, but he 
             knows also when to keep silent and how to read the speech 
             and thinking of others. How blessed is the man who does 
             not take himself all so seriously or takes on a task only 
             as his own. Rather he glories in the work as the common 
             achievement of a whole team of people. How blessed is the 
             lawgiver rooted in principle and not popularity. And 
             blessed is the man who has a sense of humor about himself. 
             He can smile at the crowd, the lawmakers, and even laugh 
             about the loose tiles in the roof of the house itself. How 
             blessed is the man who can readily confess his sins and 
             know that God does forgive sin in this world.
               He most likely knows how to suspend judgment while in 
             search for all the evidence. In the end, knowing true 
             absolution himself, he can figure out a way to move beyond 
             preconceived notions and witness forgiveness to others.
               So how thrilling then, is this story of human suffering, 
             human limitation, and any form of paralysis which can be 
             lifted by the Lord. The man hears the Lord say to him, 
             ``rise, walk.'' The man picks up all the pieces which 
             until then were holding him and his life together. He gets 
             up and walks again. A whole new life ahead of him. He goes 
             home glorifying God, now truly free. That very deep 
             longing in the heart is brought to a new dimension of 
             fulfillment. Going home.
               In this Gospel the Lord asks the crowd, ``What are you 
             thinking in your hearts?'' Hopefully today, you can answer 
             the Lord's question. By looking beyond the mind's eye, 
             beyond the appearance of death in the crowd, beyond the 
             appearance of bread and wine, personal sorrow and loss, 
             rather, look into your heart, amidst your desires, your 
             loves, your longings, your hopes. They're in your heart. 
             What are you thinking?
               Can you sense the pulsating life of resurrection?' 
             Perhaps you may draw closer to those who knew Henry well: 
             his wife, his family, his staff, some colleagues, the Lord 
             himself. And come to know the uncanny sense of timing, the 
             great sense of humor, enjoying this parable story 
             unfolding before us, in the gentleman from Illinois, who 
             in his career was often asked, ``Why do you rise?''
               If this Gospel story is in any way true of him, you may 
             even hear him say, ``Sometimes, when the scene seems 
             impossible, you just have to lift the roof off the 
               My brothers and sisters, have we not seen incredible 
             things in our day?
               Thank you, Henry.
               And all praise and thanks to you our Lord Jesus Christ 
             now and for ever.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Brothers and sisters, Jesus 
             Christ has risen from the dead and in glory now intercedes 
             for his people. Confident that God hears the voices of the 
             brokenhearted and all who trust in the Lord, let us now 
             offer petitions for the living and the dead. To each 
             invocation let us respond ``Lord, hear our prayer.''

             Tony Hyde. In baptism, Henry Hyde received the light of 
             Christ. Scatter the darkness now and lead him to eternal 
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Tony Hyde. As a father, we shared at his table. As a 
             public servant he was nourished at the table of Christ, 
             our Savior. Welcome him into the halls of the heavenly 
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Tony Hyde. That those in public office may promote justice 
             and peace.
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Tony Hyde. That those who bear the cross of pain in mind 
             or body may never feel forsaken by God and be consoled by 
             the care and love of others.
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Tony Hyde. For the family and friends, colleagues, and 
             staff of Henry Hyde, that they may be consoled in their 
             grief by the Lord who wept for his friend Lazarus and 
             forgave the repentant thief on the cross.
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Tony Hyde. For all of our deceased relatives and friends. 
             For all who have helped us along the path of life and that 
             they may have the full reward of their goodness.
               We pray to the Lord.

             People. Lord, hear our prayer.

             Father Richard A. Rosinski. Ever attendant father to your 
             children, hear the prayers which we speak and those hidden 
             in our hearts. For we place all our trust in your holy 
             name now and for ever. Amen.

             [Ave Maria]

             Father Richard A. Rosinski. My brothers and sisters, pray 
             that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty 

             People. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands 
             for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and 
             the good of all his Church.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Lord, receive the gifts we 
             offer for the salvation of Henry Hyde. May Christ 
             reconcile and offer him favorable judgment, for he 
             believed in Christ as his living Lord and Savior. We ask 
             this through Christ our Lord.
               May the Lord be with you.

             People. And also with you.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Lift up your hearts.

             People. We lift them up to the Lord.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Let us give thanks to the Lord 
             our God.

             People. It is right to give him thanks and praise.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Father, all-powerful and ever-
             living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you 
             thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
               In him, who rose from the dead, our own hope of 
             everlasting life has dawned. The sadness of death gives 
             way to the bright promise of immortality. Lord, for your 
             faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body 
             of our death in this world's dwelling we are given the 
             promise of everlasting life in the glory of heaven. And 
             so, with choirs of angels we proclaim your glory and join 
             in their unending hymn of praise.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Father, you are holy indeed, 
             and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all 
             holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our 
             Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age 
             you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west 
             a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name.
               And so Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to 
             make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may 
             become the body and blood of your son, our Lord Jesus 
             Christ, at whose command we celebrate this Eucharist.
               On the night he was betrayed, he took bread and gave you 
             thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his 
             disciples, and said:
               Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is my body which 
             will be given up for you.
               When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave 
             you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and 
               Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the 
             cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting 
             covenant. It will be shed for you and for all men so that 
             sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

             Celebrant. Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.

             [Christ Is Risen]

             Celebrant. Father, calling to mind the death your Son 
             endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and 
             ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he 
             comes again, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and 
             living sacrifice.
               Look with favor on your Church's offering, and see the 
             Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself.
               Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, 
             may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, 
             one spirit in Christ.
               May he make us an everlasting gift to you and enable us 
             to share in the inheritance of your saints, with Mary, the 
             virgin mother of God; with the apostles, the martyrs, 
             Saint John Neumann and all your saints, on whose constant 
             intercession we rely for help.
               Lord, may this sacrifice, which we offer to you, bring 
             peace, advance the peace in the world. Strengthen in faith 
             and love your pilgrim Church on earth; your servant Pope 
             Benedict, our Bishop Thomas, and all the bishops, with the 
             clergy religious and the entire people your Son has gained 
             for you. Father, hear the prayers of the family you have 
             gathered here before you. In mercy and love unite all your 
             children wherever they may be.

             Celebrant. Lord remember Henry. In baptism he died with 
             Christ: may he also share his resurrection, when Christ 
             will raise our mortal bodies and make them like his own in 
             glory. Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and 
             sisters, and all who have left this world in your 
             friendship. There we hope to share in your glory when 
             every tear will be wiped away. On that day we shall see 
             you, our God, as you are. We shall become like you and 
             praise you for ever through Christ our Lord, from whom all 
             good things come.

             Celebrant. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of 
             the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty 
             Father, for ever and ever.


             Celebrant. Let us pray in the risen Christ, as Jesus 
             taught us to pray.

             Celebrant and People. Our father who art in heaven, 
             hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done 
             on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily 
             bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those 
             who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, 
             but deliver us from evil.

             Celebrant. Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us 
             peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and 
             protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for 
             the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

             People. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are 
             yours, now and for ever.

             Celebrant. Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I 
             leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our 
             sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the 
             peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever 
             and ever.

             People. Amen.

             Celebrant. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

             People. And also with you.

             Celebrant. Let us offer each other a sign of our communion 
             and peace.

             [Jesus Lamb of God]

             Celebrant. Please kneel or be seated.
               Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the 
             sins of the world. Blessed are those who are called to 
             this communion.

             People. Lord, I am not worthy to see you, but only say the 
             word and I shall be healed.


             Celebrant. As we receive communion please join in singing 
             page 814, Taste and See, page 814.

             [Taste and See]

             [Steal Away to Jesus]

             Celebrant. Let us pray. Lord God, your son Jesus Christ 
             gave us the sacrament of his body and blood, to guide us 
             on our pilgrim way to your kingdom. May our brother Henry 
             who shared in the Eucharist come to the banquet of life 
             Christ has prepared for us all. We ask this through Christ 
             our Lord.

             People. Amen.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Please be seated.
               We want to welcome some remarks.
               Mr. John Boehner.

             Congressman John Boehner. Henry Hyde was not just a 
             congressional hero. He was an American hero. And on a 
             personal note, he was my hero. I have served with 
             thousands of fine people during the 17 years I have been 
             in the House. There is no one I admired more than Henry 
             Hyde. No one.
               He was a loving father, grandfather, and devoted 
             husband. Henry Hyde was also a leader. He never served as 
             Speaker, or majority leader, or minority leader. He was a 
             legislative giant in his own right. He left an indelible 
             mark on our institution through the sheer force of his 
             presence, his intellect, and the example he set for all.
               His accomplishments in Congress were broad and 
             numerous--so broad and numerous they are difficult to 
             fully chronicle. He led a movement in Congress to ensure 
             our Nation's laws respect the sanctity of every precious 
             human life. He led the men and women of our institution, 
             teaching us about honor, dignity, and service to country 
             through his own humble actions. He led the people of his 
             Chicago district for many years, providing them with 
             distinguished service always marked by wisdom, class, and 
             grace. He led a committee in Congress that stood strong, 
             like a rock, when the constitutional principles at the 
             heart of our democracy were challenged. Most of all, he 
             led by treating all men and women with dignity and 
             respect, regardless of who they were or what they 
               Treating everyone with dignity and respect came 
             naturally to Henry. Not just because he was kind and full 
             of decency, but because he truly believed all human life 
             is precious. Henry was at peace in the presence of 
             others--even those who disagreed with him most--because of 
             his unshakeable faith in the sanctity of every human life. 
             In a vocation often marked by senseless, noisy debate, 
             Henry Hyde was a clear, calm, and commanding voice for 
             justice; for the defenseless; for the innocent. Always.
               There is a famous prayer called the Serenity Prayer, 
             known to many who practice the Christian faith. Henry 
             probably said it many times, perhaps in his own unique 
             way. In this prayer, we pray God will give us the courage 
             to change what we can change; the serenity to accept what 
             we cannot change; and the wisdom to know the difference. 
             If ever there was a life that offered irrefutable evidence 
             that the Lord hears this prayer and answers it, it was the 
             life of Henry Hyde. He was the definition of courage, 
             serenity, and wisdom. He had all three, in seemingly 
             endless supply.
               Those traits are now his legacy. From the streets of his 
             hometown in Illinois to the Halls of the U.S. Congress, 
             his words and deeds will echo for generations to come. 
             Henry Hyde, your Nation will never forget you. Rest in 
             peace, my friend.

             Congressman Melvin L. Watt. To Father Coughlin and 
             honorable clergy, to my distinguished colleagues and all 
             friends and colleagues of Henry Hyde, his constituents, 
             and friends, and most important, to his wonderful family 
             whom I've gotten to know--I am deeply honored to have been 
             asked by the family to say a few words today.
               I suspect there will be people who will say that it is 
             somewhat counterintuitive that the family selected me to 
             say some words. There will be those who say ``Well, isn't 
             that the guy who was a persistent and ardent opponent of 
             just about everything that Henry Hyde did during his 
             chairmanship in the Judiciary?'' Perhaps some people will 
             remember, ``Well, that Mel Watt was the guy that accused 
             Henry Hyde of driving the train that was moving toward the 
             impeachment of the President.''
               But I think those people will miss an important point, 
             because in a sense, and my colleagues will bear this out, 
             the relationship that I had with Henry Hyde is part and 
             parcel symptomatic of the relationship that we desired to 
             have in Congress. In that sense it is symbolic of what is 
             good and wonderful about Congress, and good and wonderful 
             about our democracy. It reflects itself on various levels, 
             it of course reflects itself first of all and most visibly 
             in our politics and in the political arena.
               Where Henry and I played on different teams, represented 
             different constituencies, came from different backgrounds, 
             represented the diversity of America and yet, understood 
             that that's exactly what our Founding Fathers set up as a 
             mechanism of bringing us all together to resolve our 
             differences. And when you served with Henry Hyde you 
             immediately began to understand that he knew the rules 
             under which we operate and he was a wonderful legislator 
             and a magnificent orator and so even when you disagreed 
             with him and his positions you'd sit on the floor of the 
             House and listen to Henry Hyde and his eloquence and 
             magnificence. And you'd say, as we all were confident, 
             ``You know, there's going to come an issue around where 
             Henry is on my side and I can't find a better more devoted 
             colleague when that time comes because I know he will 
             stand and fight with me. And there were those issues.
               There's another level on which I know Henry Hyde and 
             that's the level of being an American. We don't always 
             appreciate that level inside our country because we are 
             constantly trying to make America live up to the standards 
             that the Constitution has set out for us. But when you go 
             outside the country you begin to understand the feeling 
             that America takes. You carry the flag and there are some 
             rules and protocols that prevail out there too because you 
             want to show the world your diversity but you want to show 
             them that regardless of who the President of the United 
             States is or what is going on there is a rule of law. 
             There are a set of principles that transcend who's the 
             President or who's in charge, and they relate to justice 
             and democracy and liberty. And there was no better person 
             to take that message around the world than Henry Hyde.
               I traveled with him to Europe, to China, to Korea, to 
             the DMZ, to the Philippines, where he had jumped out of a 
             boat and rushed up onto the shore when he was in the 
             military. To South America where we landed on the runway 
             and were never allowed off the plane. To Fiji where we met 
             with the General and said ``Please don't stage a coup,'' 
             and 6 months later he staged a coup.
               That's where I found Henry Hyde as an American, not 
             inside our country--there, standing for the things we hold 
             so dear in our country. There's a final level that those 
             first two levels made it much, much easier for me to 
             relate to Henry Hyde. That's the level of our common 
             humanity. Because when you are spending as much time in 
             close proximity and talking to people, and especially 
             Henry Hyde, you come to know that none of what he was 
             standing for had to do with politics or partisanship. He 
             believed every word that he spoke. The sanctity of life 
             wasn't a political slogan to Henry Hyde, it was what he 
               I found it ironic that last night in Washington, the two 
             football teams, from the two places that Henry spent most 
             of his life, played each other--the Bears and the 
             Redskins, and I was amazed that at the end of the game, 
             the Bears and Redskins together went to the center of the 
             field, many of them, and they recognized their respect for 
             each other and they recognized their common humanity by 
             kneeling and praying to God--they circled the wagons 
               Today I think our colleagues here in Congress have come 
             to circle the wagons around Henry Hyde. To kneel, and 
             pray, and thank God for the impact that this wonderful man 
             had on each and every one of us. I thank the family for 
             giving us this opportunity to share this wonderful man, 
             and for recognizing the great relationship that 
             transcended all of our differences and found us as 
             Americans and with a common humanity all at that point. I 
             thank God for the impact that Henry Hyde had on my life.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. I understand from family that 
             there were some other Members of Congress who wish to say 
             some words.

             Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Your Eminence, members 
             of the clergy, members of the Hyde family and Mrs. Hyde, 
             we are here on behalf of a very grateful Nation to share 
             this hour of bereavement with you and offer some words of 
             comfort. I've often felt that the short speeches subject 
             to an agreement between Democrats and Republicans, the 
             moment of silence followed by the finality of the gavel, 
             for me at least, fails to capture the essence, the 
             enormity of a man, a woman, the individual for whom a life 
             of service and dedication is acknowledged.
               Herman Watts once preached a sermon where he began: 
             ``Every person comes into this world seeking his name. 
             This is the centrality of life--not the name upon a birth 
             certificate nor the name by which one's parents called 
             you. What is the name by which God knows you? What is your 
             alignment with the universe? What is your purpose for 
             living? How do you justify the air that you breathe, the 
             food that you eat, the space that you occupy?
               Watts says that a person cannot live at his best and 
             highest unless he has some primary name.
               I've been reading the obituaries of my friend, my close 
             and dear friend, Henry Hyde. Some have read ``reverend 
             clergy abortion foe,'' others have read ``Clinton 
             impeacher,'' still others ``conservative.''
               The family should gain great comfort in knowing that 
             Henry did not go by those names. He went by the name 
             devoted husband, father, friend, who loved and believed in 
             America and America's processes. Here is a Henryism, to my 
             colleagues, you and maybe the Nation should gain great 
             comfort in knowing that your obituary has also already 
             been written. Many Americans would rather our stories be 
             told sooner rather than later. Only we know not the time, 
             the place or the hour of the finality, but the fact that 
             the last gavel is near. The question is what is your name, 
             how shall we call you, what was your alignment with what 
             was right?
               When I was a student at Chicago Theological Seminary I 
             spent a lot of time at the cemetery, and at the cemetery 
             you see on most tombstones a beginning date and an end 
             date. And between those two dates, reverend clergy, there 
             is a dash, and for millions of Americans and for people 
             who rest at peace at cemeteries, we don't know their 
             contribution, we don't know the gap that they filled. We 
             do not know the role that they played.
               For me, as someone who idolized Henry Hyde, as a young 
             man who entered the Congress of the United States not 
             knowing his way, someone who Henry Hyde took under his 
             wing, someone who is very grateful that the family would 
             allow me to come today and just offer these words of 
             comfort. I never saw Henry as an abortion foe, it didn't 
             matter to me. Henry was a good man. He was a great man who 
             believed in the American process and that process of civil 
             discourse which might lend itself to civil disagreement. 
             When his personal sense of morality came into conflict 
             with that process he asked the Divine to call him by his 
             name, and he responded. Henry Hyde was not an impeacher, 
             he was a public servant and a good man and a great friend, 
             who loved his country, who believed in the American 
             process of civil discourse which might lend itself to 
             civil disagreement. With his understanding of the 
             Constitution and his responsibilities to it, he came into 
             contact with certain facts. He did what each of us would 
             do, honor the people, keep the oath, keep the faith. That 
             was his calling, that was his name.
               Most of that which I have learned about the nonpersonal 
             nature of politics comes from the man who lays in state in 
             this church. Mrs. Hyde, gain great comfort in knowing, he 
             wasn't just our colleague, he was our friend. His 
             friendship, his warmth, his laughter, his stories, even 
             the smell of his cigar will be missed.
               My father often says that we live our lives as though 
             life is certain and death is uncertain when in reality 
             death is certain and life is uncertain. Henry knew that 
             one day he would not answer the roll call, that the moment 
             of silence and that the gavel was coming.
               We should all gain great comfort in knowing that Henry 
             knew his name. So I would imagine on this home going 
             celebration for the life of Henry Hyde that the Lord, God 
             almighty, is looking up and looking down on Henry at the 
             gate. He turns to Henry and he says, ``For what purpose 
             does this distinguished gentleman from Illinois thy good 
             and faithful servant rise?'' Henry responds, ``Master, to 
             seek recognition and to yield back the balance of my 

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Mr. Bob Hyde.

             Bob Hyde. Thank you. Thank you all for the many kindnesses 
             and comforts you have provided my family during these last 
             trying several months. Your prayers and support have 
             greatly ameliorated our pain and lightened our burden in 
             incalculable ways. We remain deeply in your debt so we 
             thank you and ask our good Lord to bless you and your 
               Now I feel the need to set the record straight. I am not 
             Henry's younger brother, I am his son. That has happened 
             to me several, previous times; just evidence of the years 
             being unkind. In July my father had heart surgery. During 
             the times I visited Dad in the hospital room and saw him 
             trumbled off to dialysis, radiology, and other departments 
             within the medical center, I was often reminded of the 
             Scripture verse, John 21:18, ``Truly I say to you for when 
             you are young you girded yourself and walked where you 
             would; when you are old you will stretch out your hands 
             and another will gird you and carry you where you do not 
             wish to go.''
               During these last few treasured moments he would often 
             fall into deep sleep mid-sentence. He wouldn't talk much 
             about himself but mostly expressed his concerns for his 
             family, especially for his wife Judy of whom he had the 
             deepest love and affection, his daughter Laura, and his 
             son Tony. Dad had a very large family which wasn't limited 
             by blood or by marriage ties. He had a grand family, 
             because he included members of his staff, friends, 
             colleagues, supporters and opponents alike as well as the 
             weak and defenseless as members of his family.
               In 1992, I had the honor of authoring a eulogy for my 
             mother. Within that document I prayed that it would be 
             many more years further before the next occasion would 
             present itself. Earlier this November, when I last saw my 
             father, I knew the day was not too far away for this sad 
             duty to return; unfortunately the materials I had been 
             working on had been mistakenly placed in storage. You see, 
             my wife and I had recently sold our residence in Texas and 
             our new home was still under construction. I wanted to 
             review a copy of my mother's eulogy, hopefully to employ 
             some rhetorical symmetry. That's something Dad would have 
               My brother Tony thought he had a copy. It was in a 
             storage box in his home. Prior to Dad's retirement he had 
             significantly contributed to my brother's memory trove, 
             where there were approximately 18 or so large boxes to 
             peruse. Now for those who may have visited Dad's office, 
             you would note an oversized office desk, with a mound of 
             materials stacked on his desk--books, articles, magazines, 
             letters piled high appearing like the Andes Mountains. 
             Strangely, like an experienced air traffic controller Dad 
             pretty much knew where everything was. Locating a 
             document, papers just didn't consume much time for him. As 
             anecdotal evidence that the next plane of existence is 
             nearer to ours than anyone would think, the very first 
             box, the very first envelope, produced two copies of my 
             mother's eulogy.
               No one needs to remind me I am in a church attending 
             Dad's funeral mass, this is the truth.
               It's extremely difficult for me to speak of Dad using 
             the past tense. My aforementioned experience leads me to 
             believe that using the past tense might be grammatically 
             correct but spiritually inappropriate. This comforting 
             ache still remains grounded in a sense of loss partly due 
             to my inability to correctly articulate the various 
             contradictory feelings that currently exist within myself. 
             My family's aches exist because we are still bound to the 
             earth and that's a strange comfort to know that something 
             would be very wrong if we did not feel this way. Our 
             Catholic faith informs us that we should be joyful. Dad is 
             now free from the many pains of life and he is now 
             enjoying everlasting life. We are left with thousands of 
             memories, things Dad taught us. He taught us that service 
             benefiting the less fortunate was a very high calling. 
             Such service is direly needed in a world that too often 
             seems to reward individuals who choose adverse over 
             charity, malice over justice, and pride over modesty, and 
             vapidity over thought. Dad taught us that one's actions 
             partaken during one's life would echo in eternity, would 
             be echoed in music or merely noise, a hallow gong 
             signifying nothing.
               I believe that the music of Henry's life tolls, 
             producing an aria supported by the millions of voices of 
             the unborn souls who greeted him along with many others 
             who have predeceased him, supporters, and one-time 
             opponents alike.
               Dad was a very talented orator. One of the very best 
             from the last two centuries. He told me one reason why he 
             thought he was effective was that he knew that it only 
             takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they 
             love and it can take many, many years to heal them. Dad 
             taught us that one spiritual comfort was far more 
             important than the momentary material contentments of this 
             world. He observed that many people mistakenly lose their 
             health to make money and then lose their money to restore 
             their health. Those who seem too often to be thinking 
             anxiously about the future, they appear to forget the 
             present, such as they never live in the present nor in the 
             future. Those are the things that would sadden him. Dad 
             taught us how to laugh, especially at ourselves. That it 
             is especially imprudent to take oneself too seriously. It 
             was a very rare occasion when I talked to him that he 
             didn't share a really humorous story or two with me. If 
             the gift of joy is an indication of God's close presence, 
             then Dad was never too far from our Good Lord's eternal 
             kingdom. Dad exhibited a true joy in living and applied 
             his very best efforts in using his gifts, talents and 
             potential that our good Lord endowed him with.
               Dad also taught us how to die, he told me that it was a 
             tragedy when individuals tried to live as though they 
             would never die and died as though they had never lived. 
             Dad died in the same manner in which he lived; with 
             dignity and with readiness in peace, and thanks to our 
             church, in a state of grace.
               Dad accepted the challenge to run the great race and to 
             stay the course, to keep the faith. It's quite fitting 
             that he will be buried today, Pearl Harbor Day. For many 
             decades ago it was this event which dramatically changed 
             the trajectory of his life's journey, his race.
               Dad had initially planned to attend Santa Clara 
             University. He was on a basketball scholarship. All such 
             competitive events on the west coast had been indefinitely 
             canceled due to war. Instead, Dad traveled to Washington 
             to attend Georgetown University. The following year he 
             became a 90-day wonder serving in the U.S. Navy and 
             participating in the retaking of the Philippines.
               After the war he returned to Washington to complete his 
             undergraduate studies. During his senior year the coach 
             was into developing younger players, so toward the end of 
             the season my father hadn't experienced much playing time. 
             Late during the second half of the final game of the 
             season the coach wanted to insert my father into the final 
             minutes of the game. Dad had to unfortunately decline his 
             coach's offer. You see, another player on the team, a 
             starter, had somehow misplaced his shorts, and there 
             wasn't another pair available, so Dad gave the player his 
             shorts and was contented to attend the game in his 
             warmups. Neither had said anything to the coach, so 
             whenever I hear someone say ``so and so would give the 
             shirt off his back,'' I would simply smile to myself and 
             think about my father, a charter member of the greatest 
               Salvation was the theme that the prophets and 
             theologians pondered and explored. Through Christ's 
             sacrifice salvation is made available to us all. We are 
             called out of darkness into our Lord's marvelous good 
             light, his redemptive presence today and throughout all 
             tomorrow heals us. Our spiritual inheritance for which we 
             are born, our legacy that cannot be destroyed, much less 
             tarnished, if we keep Christ's commandment to love another 
             as he loves us. Therefore we should not be bewildered with 
             our own personal burdens as if they are something 
             extraordinary. These ordeals give us our share of Christ's 
             sufferings and are a cause of joy. Mankind has often 
             speculated and debated on the existence of when the moment 
             arrives where death unfetters you from this world of care 
             and sorrow.
               One author, C.S. Lewis, likens the event to a final 
             stripping of a well-worn and cherished garment. This great 
             author thought the now unrestrained spirit would be 
             enjoying a complete cleansing, pure and instantaneous 
             liberation. At the hour of death, one moment you are of 
             this Earth and the next the sting of death is over like a 
             bad dream, like an extracted tooth never to be of any 
             account again. Suddenly all is well, all doubts within a 
             twinkling of an eye become trivial. Dad's spirit may be 
             saying to itself the pain is over, my confusion has 
             cleared, how could I ever have even doubted it. Now his 
             spirit stands upright and he can converse with those 
             heavenly spirits about him--the awe in it all is simply 
             another cause for joy. These spirits seem extraordinary to 
             mortal eyes and yet they are not now unfamiliar. Until 
             that hour most humans don't have any conception of how the 
             spirits would look and many individuals may have doubted 
             their existence.
               But when Dad saw these beings he understood that he had 
             always known them and realized what part each of them 
             played within his life, even when he supposed himself to 
             be alone. So he could say to them, one by one, not ``Who 
             are you?,'' but rather, ``So it was you all the time.'' 
             Not only did Dad see God's holy angels and saints, he also 
             saw Him. Christ's clear light was clarity in itself, that 
             raised the form of a man. This meeting will wake all the 
             memories of the dim consciousness, that once reflect the 
             solitudes from infancy until now. All such questions and 
             feelings will at last be fully explained.
               The central music in every pure experience which had 
             always just evaded memory is now at last recovered. Dad is 
             caught up into an existence where pain and pleasure take 
             on a transfinite value and all earthly arithmetic is 
             completely dismayed.
               There's much more I would like to say to you all but I 
             know Dad would want me to be brief, and I'll remain his 
             obedient son.
               Again, on behalf of Judy and our entire family, thank 
             you for your thoughts, generosities, and prayers. May God 
             provide you his blessings of peace and good health.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Your Eminence if you please. 
             Thank you.

             Francis Cardinal George. Permit me the privilege of 
             extending a word of condolence on the part of the bishops 
             of the United States, to Judy and to Congressman Hyde's 
             children and grandchildren and step-children. A word of 
             sympathy also must be spoken to his colleagues in the 
             House of Representatives who have lost a friend, a mentor.
               Many who haven't known him personally, such as myself, 
             but knew him from what he did and what he said and what 
             his record shows, recognized always, as the world 
             recognizes, that Henry Hyde is a man of great principle. 
             But, it's more than that, because principles, if they're 
             not true, can be harmful. And even good principles can 
             sometimes hide self-righteousness or hypocrisy.
               Beneath the principles, I believe, there was a man of 
             instincts; instincts that were honed through a life of 
             sacrifice for his country, for his family, for his 
             friends. A life shaped by following Jesus Christ in his 
             body the church. Those instincts were sure. He had good 
             instincts about immigrants, he had good instincts about 
             workers, he had good instincts about children and 
             particularly about children who have not been born, but 
             are alive in their mothers' wombs. I think he had the 
             instinct of a dedicated legislator when he looked at a 
             constitutional order that now permits private killings and 
             said something is wrong. And it was those instincts that 
             guided everything else, and could do so to the end because 
             they were themselves rooted in love.
               Most especially at his funeral mass we recognize that 
             they were rooted not only in his love of God but far more 
             important for all of us, God's love for him, God's love 
             for us. That infinite love is stronger than death; into it 
             we now consign Henry Hyde.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. Thank you. I'd also like to 
             thank the bishops from Joliet, Bishop Sartain for being 
             here, Bishop Kaffer, the ordinary. The bishop from 
             Rockford will offer the final commendation. Please stand.

             Bishop Thomas G. Doran. As you can all fairly see or 
             shortly will, I'm way out of my league. When I became a 
             bishop one of the priests said to me, ``Bishop, if I had a 
             single hour to live, I'd like to spend it listening to 
             you.'' I thought, there's a priest who ought to be 
             promoted. But then he said, ``Because you can make an hour 
             seem like eternity.'' So, I'm not going to put you to 
               I do want to extend on behalf of the priests and people 
             of the diocese of Rockford our sympathy and condolences to 
             Judy and to Henry Hyde's children and to all of you who 
             mourn him. We all have to be mindful, of the wisdom of our 
             holy mother church that says funerals are not only for the 
             dead, but also for the living. We all have to remember as 
             difficult as it is that we will all be present at at least 
             one more funeral.

             Father Thomas Foley. Before we go our separate ways let us 
             take leave of our brother. May our farewell express our 
             affection for him. May it ease our sadness and strengthen 
             our hope. One day we will joyfully greet him again, and 
             the love of Christ which conquers all things, destroys 
             even death itself.

             [God Most High]

             Bishop Thomas G. Doran. Into your hands Father of mercies, 
             we command our brother Henry Hyde in the sure and certain 
             hope that together with all those who have died in Christ 
             he will rise with Him on the last day. We give you thanks 
             for the blessings which you bestowed upon him in this 
             life. They are signs to us of your goodness and of our 
             fellowship with the saints in Christ. Merciful Lord turn 
             toward us and listen to our prayers. Open the gates of 
             paradise to your servant and help us who remain to comfort 
             one another with assurances of faith until we all meet in 
             Christ and are with you and with our brother, for ever. We 
             ask this through Christ our Lord.

             People. Amen.

             Bishop Thomas G. Doran. In peace let us take our brother 
             to his place of rest.

             Father Daniel P. Coughlin. I ask everyone to remain in 
             their places while Congress leaves.
               We are grateful to Father Rosinski and the parish staff 
             here at St. John Neumann, for their hospitality and for 
             their services. May God bless their ministry.

             [Jesus Remember Me]