Statement by Senator Pete V. Domenici on the Passing of Senator Warren Rudman

Nov 20, 2012, 16:06 ET from Bipartisan Policy Center

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM), a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, issued the following statement on the announcement of the death of former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman today:

"I am deeply saddened by the announcement of the death of my friend and former colleague in the Senate, Warren Rudman.  He was a man of great integrity and patriotism, who devoted himself to the nation in war and in peace.

"His work on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation in the Senate, as well as his leadership on the Senate Intelligence, Ethics and Government Affairs Committees revealed a tough-minded, but fair approach.  He showed the same rigor during the difficult budget battles of the 1980s and 1990s.

"He was a true warrior for fiscal sanity and co-author of the historic Gramm-Rudman-Hollings legislation in 1985 that attempted to force Congress into true deficit reduction budgets.  When his colleagues had tough decisions to make, they always knew that Warren Rudman would stand with them, no matter how difficult the politics of the situation.  After his retirement from the Senate, he helped found the Concord Coalition, an organization devoted to informing the public about the dangers that federal debt held for the nation's economy and security. 

"I am proud of the work we were able to do together, the Concord Coalition and the Bipartisan Policy Center, over the past few years as we attempted to bring the looming debt crisis to the public's attention.  Warren was involved in that cause until the very end.  He was part of the joint hearings on the dangers of the debt and the need for bipartisan cooperation held just last month under the auspices of the Concord Coalition, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"He was my friend, a treasure to the nation, and I send my deepest condolences to his family."

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center