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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 12, 2001

President Thanks Armey for Public Service
Statement by the President

The country, the people of Texas, and the Congress have been well served by Congressman Dick Armey.  As a fellow Texan, I know his effective leadership first hand.

When he was a sophomore lawmaker, and a member of the then minority party, Dick Armey proved his mettle by authoring and passing a major base closure initiative that was signed into law.  As Majority Leader, he has skillfully guided legislation through Congress; his dedication to reforming government, lowering taxes, and simplifying the tax system has deeply influenced public policy.

I know Dick's dedication to public service will remain strong, even during his retirement.  His sense of humor, candor, and leadership will be sorely missed in Congress.

Laura and I extend our thanks to Dick, his wife, Susan, and their family, and we wish each of them the best in the future.


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