Foley Remembered in D.C. As Representative With “Decency”

By Paige Browning

The US Capitol building echoed with expressions of gratitude Tuesday/yesterday for the late, former U.S. Representative Tom Foley. At a memorial ceremony President Barack Obama praised the Spokane native for his decency. Obama said Foley, a Democrat, had the ability to find common ground with his colleagues across the aisle.
Obama: “Thanks to Tom, more children get a head start on success in school and in life. More seniors receive better health care. More families breath easier because they know there country will be there for them in times of need. And all of them, all of us, are indebted to that towering man from Spokane.”
Representative Foley was the first Speaker of the House from west of the Rockies. He served for 30 years as a US Representative from eastern Washington.
Foley died at his home in Washington D.C. October 18th, after suffering a series of strokes and receiving hospice care. President Obama ordered flags at half-staff nationwide, Tuesday, in Foley’s memory.
A memorial will take place in Spokane Nov 1., and is expected to attract thousands. The Foley family has suggested that in lieu of flowers people make a donation to the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University.
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