Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today mourned the passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL-20).
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my long-time Rules Committee colleague, Alcee Hastings of Florida. I served with Alcee in Congress for more than 18 years and on the Rules Committee for almost 10.
"Alcee fought an heroic battle against cancer with personal courage, good humor and incredible dedication to his duties as a Member of Congress. While we often disagreed politically, I marveled at his eloquence and passion and enjoyed his wry wit, civility and personal decency.
"All of us on Rules on both sides of the aisle will miss our good friend and valued colleague. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family, many friends and constituents."