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Proceedings in the Senate
TUESDAY, May 12, 1964.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Hackney, one of its reading clerks, communicated to the Senate the intelligence of the death of Hon. CLARENCE CANNON, late a Representative from the State of Missouri, and transmitted the resolutions of the House thereon.
Mr. SYMINGTON. Mr. President, I understand there is at the desk a resolution from the House of Representatives. I ask that the Chair lay that resolution before the Senate.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair lays before the Senate the resolution, which will be read.
The resolution (H. Res. 718) was read, as follows:
Resolved, That the House has heard with profound sorrow of the death of the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, a Representative from the State of Missouri.
Resolved, That a committee of 43 Members of the House, with such Members of the Senate as may be joined, be appointed to attend the funeral.
Resolved, That the Sergeant at Arms of the House be authorized and directed to take such steps as may be necessary for carrying out the provisions of these resolutions and that the necessary expenses in connection therewith be paid out of the contingent fund of the House.
Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the deceased.
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect the House do now adjourn.
Mr. SYMINGTON. Mr. President, on behalf of myself and my distinguished colleague, the Senator from Missouri (Mr. Long), I submit a resolution for which I request immediate consideration,
The resolution (S. Res. 328) was read and, by unanimous consent, was considered and unanimously agreed to, as follows:
Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow the announcement of the death of Hon. CLARENCE CANNON, late a Representative from the State of Missouri.
Resolved, That a committee of two Senators be appointed by the Presiding Officer to join the committee appointed on the part of the House of Representatives to attend the funeral of the deceased Representative.
Resolved, That the Secretary communicate these resolutions to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy thereof to the family of the deceased.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the second resolving clause the Chair hereby appoints the two distinguished Senators from Missouri (Mr. Symington and Mr. Long] to serve as the Senate members of the committee.
The remainder of the Senate resolution (S. Res. 328) will be read.
The Chief Clerk read the following:
Resolved, That as a further mark of respect to the late Representative, the Senate, at the conclusion of its business today, take a recess until 10 o'clock a.m. tomorrow.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
Mr. PROXMIRE. Mr. President, pursuant to Senate Resolution 328, agreed to on yesterday, Tuesday, May 12, 1964; in accordance with the order entered on that day; and, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased Representative CLARENCE CANNON, of Missouri, I move that the Senate now stand in recess until 10 o'clock a.m. today, Wednesday, May 13, 1964.
The motion was unanimously agreed to; and (at 12 o'clock and 17 minutes a.m.) on Wednesday, May 13, 1964, the Senate took a recess until 10 o'clock a.m. of the same day.
Remarks by Senator Symington
Mr. President, it is with profound sorrow that Mrs. Symington and I heard this morning of the passing of one of the great statesmen of our times—the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, of Elsberry, Mo.
Mr. CANNON first came to Washington with Speaker Champ Clark, more than half a century ago. Since that time he has been noted for many things, including the fact he was the foremost expert on parliamentary procedure in the United States today.
Above all, however, he was noted for his devotion to duty. As chairman of the all-important House Appropriations Committee, he worked long days and nights to foster the security and prosperity of the country through the bills that went through his committee.
In addition, no Congressman in our time was closer to his constituency than CLARENCE CANNON. Each and every citizen of the Ninth District of Missouri knew him and his gracious and beloved wife, as devoted friends.
Missouri and the Nation will miss him.
My wife and I extend our deepest sympathy and love to his children and to “Miss Ida," the woman who had so much to do with making it possible for him to carry successfully the burdens placed on his shoulders as an outstanding public servant of this century.
Mr. President, I thank all my colleagues in the Senate for their kind and gracious remarks about the dean of the Missouri congressional delegation, one of the great parliamentarians and one of the great men of our time. I am sure his wife and his daughters will deeply appreciate these expressions of sympathy from Members of the Senate.
Remarks by Senator Long
Mr. President, it is a sad duty for me to speak this morning about the death of Missouri's beloved Congressman CLARENCE CANNON. Congressman CANNON, Representative of the Ninth Congressional District of Missouri for over 40 years which is my home district-our homes for many years have been just a few miles apart—was the second ranking Member of the House of Representatives. His tenure was longer than that of any elected Representative from Missouri.
The people of Missouri, the Nation, and the world have lost a devoted champion in CLARENCE CANNON. I have lost an old, dear friend and mentor. He will best be remembered for his chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee and his monetary policies for his many attempts to put this country on a sound fiscal program. Millions will remember him as one of the most outstanding parliamentarians of any age.
CLARENCE CANNON was more than the elected Representative of Missourians. He was a man of all the people, working always to assure that this Nation and our people remained strong. His life was motivated by integrity and the highest principles. Throughout his service to this Nationrunning in innumerable election campaigns—Congressman CANNON never accepted contributions for his campaign expenses. This fact was a great source of pride to him.
CLARENCE CANNON was one of few men whose sense of history was real. As a former instructor of history in one of our State's outstanding schools and a longtime student in the field, CLARENCE CANNON understood the present in terms of what had gone before and what was to come.
Mrs. Long and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Cannon—“Miss Ida,” as we affectionately know her in Missouri-and to other members of the fam His life was devoted to this Nation; we shall not forget his efforts on our behalf.
Remarks by Senator Saltonstall
Mr. President, both as senior Republican on the Appropriations Committee and as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, I often came in contact with CLARENCE CANNON. I have known him for the past 15 years. As a regent of the Smithsonian he always was attentive to the needs of that fine Institution and took an important part in the building of its new Museum of History and Technology.
He certainly was a most conscientious and effective legislator. As chairman of the very important Appropriations Committee of the House, he followed the work of the committee very closely, had an excellent grasp of the details of the legislation before it, and carried forward its work on schedule.
He was supposed to be an autocrat. I never found him to be an autocrat. I always found him open to persuasion. He had very firm and clear ideas as to what Congress should do concerning problems of appropriations, but he was always willing to listen. He was always willing to participate in conferences between the House and the Senate on matters involving differences of opinion. Perhaps he was oversensitive at times to the actions of the House as opposed to those of the Senate, but in the end we always got together.
My relations with him were pleasant, and we respected each other. I always found him a friendly person with whom to deal-a teacher, a lawyer, an author, an expert parliamentarian, and an outstanding legislator.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee of the Senate, I shall miss him in many conferences.
I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family.