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Though Chairman CANNON strongly opposed excessive Government spending, it is a fact that he presided over the Appropriations Committee during the period when Federal spending reached alltime high levels. In the 20 years of his chairmanship between 1941 and the present, World War II and the Korean war required tremendous outlays and the cold war extended this requirement. During those 20 years, the Congress appropriated more money than in the previous 150 years of our history. More than one and a half trillion dollars was appropriated under the CANNON leadership, but he worked tirelessly to make each budget sound and responsible.
Mr. Speaker, we will miss the chairman's hard-hitting, effective, and colorful role in the debates on this floor. He spiced his arguments with sharp comments, amusing anecdotes and ear-catching expressions. I recall just last year when we were debating the tax bill and the chairman wanted to illustrate the enormity of a billion dollars. He told the story about the man who gave his wife a million dollars with instructions to spend a thousand dollars a day. She took the million dollars and spent a thousand every day. In three years, she was back for more. This time he gave her a billion dollars, and she did not come back for three thousand years.
We remember, too, how in recent years he often criticized the space program by calling it a “moondoggle.”
Chairman CANNON served in the House of Representatives for 53 years, either as a Member or as an employee. He spent most of his life here. He was blessed with a keen mind and independent spirit, and possessed great interest, fierce desire and high standards; all of these were dedicated to the best interest of his country.
Mr. Speaker, I am proud to have served with CLARENCE CANNON. He made tremendous contributions to sound and orderly government, and all who follow will benefit from his indelible record. He was my friend, and I am proud to have had the privilege of being associated with him here in Congress. May I join in expressing my heartfelt sympathy and condolence to Mrs. Cannon and his family.
Remarks by Representative Milliken
Mr. Speaker, it was with deep sorrow and a great sense of loss that I learned of the sudden death of our colleague, the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON.
During the time I have been a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and especially since my assignment of the Public Works Subcommittee, I have come to respect and admire CLARENCE CANNON as a dedicated American and public servant, one who never hesitated to put forth that little extra effort when it was needed. He always was helpful to new members of the committee, and I certainly found his vast store of knowledge, based on years of experience, most beneficial to me.
Mr. CANNON lived near my residence here, and it was my privilege to frequently walk to the House Office Building with him in the morning. I found him a most courteous and interesting companion.
The country owes CLARENCE CANNON a debt it never can repay. In his position as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he never hesitated to take a stand for economy when he felt it was necessary. Political considerations meant nothing to him when compared with the welfare of the country. Billions of dollars were saved throughout the years ecause of the constant efforts of this one man.
The Committee on Appropriations, his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, his district, and the entire Nation have suffered a tremendous loss in the passing of this unassuming, hard-working, and dedicated Member of Congress. To his wife and daughters, I extend my profound sympathy.
Remarks by Representative Chenoweth
Mr. Speaker, I wish to join my colleagues in paying tribute to our departed colleague, CLARENCE CANNON. I was deeply shocked and saddened when I learned of his passing. I extend my sincere sympathy to our colleagues from Missouri on the great loss they have sustained.
When I first came to Congress CLARENCE CANNON was a most important and influential Member of the House, and the Committee on Appropriations. I recall that he succeeded the Honorable Ed Taylor, of Colorado, as chairman of the committee in 1941.
I recall how zealous Mr. CANNON was in protecting the rights, prerogatives, and traditions of the House of Representatives.
I am thinking of his controversy last year with the Appropriations Committee in the other body and how vigorously he fought to maintain the position of the House.
CLARENCE CANNON was a fighter. He believed in fighting for what he believed in, and I remember how firmly he stood his ground on that occasion.
I also recall the many speeches he made on the floor, in which he discussed not only finances, but other national and international issues. On the closing day of the 87th Congress, he took the floor and commented on the fact that for the first time in history we had voted a $100 billion budget. He mentioned that we should go home and tell our people that for the first time in history Congress had voted a $100 billion budget. This was a matter of great concern to him.
I believe Mr. CANNON came to Washington in 1911. He attended the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore in 1912, and he told me about some of the things which happened at that convention. Champ Clark, of Missouri, finally lost the nomination to Woodrow Wilson. It was very interesting to have him relate some of the personal incidents which happened at that convention. He was, of course, for Champ Clark and was disappointed when he failed to win the nomination.
I agree with my colleagues that we have lost not only one of the outstanding Members of the House, but one of the great Americans of this generation. CLARENCE CANNON will go down in history as one of the great Members of the House of all time. We shall not see his like again.
Mrs. Chenoweth joins me in extending our deep personal sympathy to Mrs. Cannon, and the family.
Remarks by Representative Mathias
Mr. Speaker, during the past week the House of Representatives lost one of its senior Members. He was the Honorable CLARENCE CANNON, Representative from Missouri and chairman of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.
CLARENCE CANNON leaves behind him a long record of congressional achievement. He will surely be missed in Washington and in the House of Representatives. Although he was a Democrat and, in fact, one of the ranking Democrats and a part of the Democratic leadership of the House, his voice was much respected on both sides of the aisle. This was primarily because he was not swayed by party influence in reporting truth to the American people.
On matters such as his advocacy of public power I did not quite agree with CLARENCE CANNON, but I always was impressed by the fact that he reported the fiscal facts of life to the American people just exactly as he saw them.
On January 21 of this year he made one of the most important speeches of his entire career. It was a speech analyzing the President's budget. During the course of this speech he made the remark, which I have often quoted, that his long years of experience in Congress indicated the desirability of reading the fine print and the back pages. It was just this sort of thing that CLARENCE CANNON did during his career in Congress. Then, analyzing the President's budget for this year he read the fine print and the back pages and proved to the satisfaction of most of us here in Congress that the budget is not a $97.9 billion budget at all but that it is a budget which will require expenditures of more than $100 billion in the coming fiscal year.