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Senate Proceeding on Feb 28th, 2011 :: 4:15:00 to 4:21:20
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Orrin Hatch

4:14:58 to 4:15:18( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: friends and associates. with that, yield the time to senator risch. mr. risch: mr. president, we came to the floor the loss of a great statesman in idaho.

Orrin Hatch

4:15:00 to 4:21:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

4:15:19 to 4:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: jim mcclure was loved uniformly across the state of idaho and had dedicated really his entire life to public service, first as a prosecuting attorney in payette county, idaho, and then the state senate, congress, the house of representatives and then the united states senate.

Orrin Hatch

4:15:40 to 4:16:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: from a little historical background, jim mcclure when he was elected to this body, the united states senate, he was elected to what's called the shoop seat. the shoop seat was first held by senator shoop, the laughter toerl governor of -- the laughter toerl governor of idaho

Orrin Hatch

4:16:02 to 4:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and the first united states senator to hold that seat. jim mcclure was the ninth person to hold that seat. in the interim it was held by william bora. shoop and bora have statues in

Orrin Hatch

4:16:24 to 4:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: statuary hall in this building. prior to my election the seat was held by our distinguished colleague senator craig who has joined us on the floor and i'm sure joins in our remarks and our expression of condolences to the mcclure family. jim mcclure was a family man,

Orrin Hatch

4:16:47 to 4:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and he was truly dedicated to his wife louise and his children. back when jim served here, many of the members actually moved here as opposed to going home on the weekends, as most of us do today. the mcclure family spent a lot of time here, but they did spend

Orrin Hatch

4:17:09 to 4:17:29( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: their summers -- and that was when the united states senate was out most of the summer -- they did spend their summers in idaho and other times also in idaho. jim mcclure was very dedicateed to a couple of important issues. the first one being fiscal issues. jim mcclure would come back to

Orrin Hatch

4:17:30 to 4:17:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: idaho and warn about the spending habits that this united states congress had. in fact, i think -- i've known jim mcclure since i was a young prosecutor back in the 1960's. i think jim mcclure was the first one i ever heard speak of directly about the danger that

Orrin Hatch

4:17:51 to 4:18:14( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: this congress was leading this congress into with its spending habits. had his advice been followed back then, had been followed back then, we would not be as a country in the difficulties we are today. secondly, jim's issue was energy. jim spent time as a chairman of

Orrin Hatch

4:18:15 to 4:18:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the senate committee on energy and natural resources. indeed, we -- i sit on that committee today. senator craig sat on it before me, senator mcclure before him and senator jordan before jim mcclure. indeed, we can't recall that anyone serving from idaho that we didn't have a person on that committee.

Orrin Hatch

4:18:39 to 4:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: indeed, it was the shoop seat that sat on that committee for as long as any of us can remember. as a testament to the larger-than-life persona that jim mcclure had, the following are named after jim mcclure in idaho: in 1995 the college of mines and earth resources at the

Orrin Hatch

4:19:00 to 4:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: university of idaho was dedicated as the james a. mcclure hall. in december of 2001, the federal building and united states courthouse in boise, idaho was renamed for jim mcclure. in 2007 the university of idaho renamed the bureau of public affairs research the james a.

Orrin Hatch

4:19:22 to 4:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and public policy and research. well, all of this recaps in certainly an inadequate way the many, many things that jim mcclure did for the people of idaho, indeed for the people of america and the people of the world as he led here in the united states senate.

Orrin Hatch

4:19:46 to 4:20:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i want to close just briefly with what i knew about jim mcclure and i think what those of us here knew about jim mcclure and what he's remembered for here in the united states senate. in the media today we see a lot of rancor and we see a lot of arguing and a lot of hostility involved in the political process.

Orrin Hatch

4:20:08 to 4:20:30( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: if i can say one thing about jim mcclure is what he brought to the entire process was civility. no matter how tough it got, no matter how disagreements escalated, jim mcclure always kept it level.

Orrin Hatch

4:20:31 to 4:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: he always kept it at a very civil tone, and jim mcclure approached everything with a gentle sense of humor which many, many times defused things which could have gotten out of hand. his family, again we express our condolences, our deep condolences and the people of the state of idaho mourn today. thank you, mr. president.

Orrin Hatch

4:20:52 to 4:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i yield a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from idaho. mr. crapo: mr. president, senator risch's comments prompted me to think of a time when i was first elected to the united states house of representatives. senator mcclure had counseling and working with me and helping me to see the kind

Orrin Hatch

4:21:13 to 4:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: of civility that senator risch talked about, and also that strong, powerful leadership that he brought to issues.

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