|who also served
in this Chamber and as Secretary of the Interior. In 1989, the westernmost
point in Guam was named "Udall Point" in honor of Mo. I can think of no
more fitting tribute to a man who has dedicated so much time and energy
to preserving the beauty and wilderness of our Nation, than to have its
two most distant points bear his family name. His relentless efforts to
protect the environment have had an impact on each park, forest, and wetland
The people of Arizona are fortunate, Mr. Speaker, to have had such a brilliant and dedicated public servant as Mr. Udall. And we are fortunate for having the opportunity to serve with Mo and have his model as a legislator to emulate.
Mr. GILMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join our colleagues in paying tribute to a devoted and beloved public servant, and a dear personal friend, Representative Morris Udall.
When future historians examine the history of Congress during the mid to late 20th century period, Mo Udall will be remembered for his significant impact on the Congress. He was a giant of a legislator.
Morris Udall was an effective legislator who overcame many physical hardships in order to serve his Nation. Mo never failed to be far-sighted in his policies. Mo's continuous and vigorous support for environmental conservation is well known. Mo Udall is responsible for the preservation of huge tracts of land which will be available for future generations. Friends of the environment will long lament the resignation of this environmental champion.
Mo's career has been marked with several other legislative accomplishments. He was a pivotal force in passing the 1974 campaign finance law and the Civil Service Reform of 1978. Mo also ran a fine campaign for the Presidency in 1976. Although Mo failed to be nominated, he returned to the House to vigorously pursue his already impressive career in Congress.
As wonderful a legislator as Mo was, he is much more than a legislator. Mo remains a friendly, charming man whose warmth is unforgettable. We will all remember his quick wit and funny stories. It is a tribute in itself that Mo was able to remain jovial even after contracting Parkinsons disease. He fought against great odds to remain a productive Member of Congress, and there is no question that he was one of the most effective Members in recent memory. His 30 years of service will never be forgotten. Mo was and remains, even today, a leader. A man who has always been able to inspire others in both his thoughts and actions, Mo Udall has impacted all of us who have had the pleasure of serving beside him. I
to say goodbye. Thank you, Mo, for 30 fine years of dedicated service.
We will all miss you.
Mr. WAXMAN. Mr. Speaker, Mo Udall, one of the best loved figures of the House of Representatives, retired last week. In the 16 years I have been in Congress, I cannot recall the loss of a Member that moved the House more deeply than Mo's resignation.
Those of us who have had the privilege of serving with Mo know what a delightfully unusual politician he is. He is one of just a few American politicians known and respected more for his unwavering principles than for his political views. He has taken on powerful interests and enormous legislative challenges, and he has compiled an astounding record of solid legislative achievements. And when he has not won, as in his run for the Presidency in 1976, he has been more gracious in defeat than most politicians are in victory.
Mo is universally loved for his self-effacing, but powerful, wit. His dry sophisticated humor is remarkably similar to that of his comedic hero, Will Rogers. His humor has always put people at ease and has allowed them to put the conflict and tensions of the moment in perspective. Somehow, Mo has managed to be a serious Congressman without ever taking himself too seriously.
Everyone in this body cherishes a favorite anecdote or joke of Mo's. One of my fondest is a story he used to tell to make light of politicians who form their opinions only after raising their fingers and gauging the winds of popularity.
This politician went to this little town to make his speech. "Well, ladies and gentlemen," he concluded, "them's my views, and if you don't like them--well, then, I'll change 'em."
Mr. Speaker, few men and women have brought to Congress the wit, grace, dignity, and depth of conviction as my good friend Mo Udall. He is literally irreplaceable.
Mr. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, today we elected a terrific new chairman of the Committee on the Interior, the gentleman from California (Mr. Miller) but he replaces a great legislator and a great man, and that is Mo Udall. I cannot cite all of his legislative accomplishments, Alaska Wilderness, Civil Service reform, campaign finance reform. The bills he passed are endless. But mostly the Congress and this country will remember Mo Udall as a great man and a decent man, a man that passed his life with humor, a man that conducted himself with honesty and dignity, and brought a lot of credibility to the political process.
Mr. Speaker, when people saw Mo Udall and said, "That is the best of politics," that rubs off on many of us. We are going to miss Mo Udall. We wish him his best in retirement. He will still be con-
because Mo Udall's legacy as a human being and as a legislator will be
felt for years to come.
Wednesday, May 29, 1991.Mr. WOLF. Mr. Speaker, I want to join my many colleagues who have addressed the House over the past few weeks to honor and pay tribute to Representative Mo Udall, who resigned from the House for health reasons on May 4.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields may have summed it up best in describing Mo: "(He) has been a gentle giant with laughter in his soul and integrity in his bones."
Indeed, Mo Udall was a giant among us. As chairman of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, he pushed through major legislation affecting the National Park System, nuclear waste, and wilderness preservation. He was responsible for far-reaching campaign finance regulation in 1974, and as a loyal advocate for the miners and ranchers of his Arizona constituency, he guided such undertakings as the Central Arizona Project and the Phoenix outer loop.
But Mo does not shine simply because of his legislative accomplishments; he shines because of the optimism and strength of spirit which he brought to this House. His rare combination of humor and humility serves as an example to all of us, for his dynamic, lighthearted personality never detracted from his honesty and dedication to public service.
Even while struggling against his illness, Mo has never lost the fiery wit and perseverance for which he is so admired. Overcoming the challenge of his own personal battle, Mo continued to serve his district and his country for many years. Now, though he must take a rest from the work to which he is so devoted, his integrity and his love of life remain with us. His contribution is ongoing.
We thank Mo Udall for his leadership
and honesty, for his humor and inspiration. We pray for his health and
happiness during his retirement years. He will be greatly missed.
Friday, August 2, 1991.Mr. OBEY. Mr. Speaker, today, along with my colleague, John Rhodes of Arizona, I am introducing legislation to establish the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in Environmental
Mo Udall served in this body for 30 years with great personal distinction.
I think it is fitting that we honor Mo by assuring that his legacy and
achievements will be carried on by those who have been and will be inspired
by his example and leadership.
Mo Udall is someone very special. As a unique public servant he appealed to the decent side of our nature. He was a passionate advocate not only for the field of environmental protection, but also for peace not war, basic social justice, and economic fairness and opportunity for working people.
Throughout his public career, Mo conveyed to the entire political system the importance of character. He has a lot of legislative achievements, but I think his most important contribution was simply putting a decent face on politics and showing that whether you are serving in the House or whether you are running for President you can take positions in the public interest and do it with grace and wit and even humor.
In terms of legislation, Mo's greatest achievement was adding millions and millions of acres to the public domain and preserving them from degradation and destruction. He really understood what it meant to be a steward of the land.
It is in recognition of the stewardship that I am pleased to join with my Senate colleague Dennis DeConcini to introduce legislation which will establish a national foundation to: increase the awareness of the importance and promote the benefit and enjoyment of our Nation's natural resources; foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States; identify critical environmental issues; develop resources to properly train professionals in the environment and related fields; and provide educational outreach regarding environmental policy. To accomplish these goals, the legislation establishes a 10-member Board of Directors which will be comprised of 2 Members of the House of Representatives, 2 Members of the Senate, 2 individuals selected by the President, the Secretaries of Interior and Education, and 2 members from Mo's alma mater, the University of Arizona. The Board will award scholarships, fellowships, internships, and grants to deserving individuals to pursue studies related to the environment.
The foundation will also support the activities of the Udall Center on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Udall Center was established in 1987 to sponsor research and forums on a variety of critical public policy issues. Among the activities of the Udall Center that will be supported by the foundation are the establishment of an environmental conflict resolution center, the creation of a repository for the Udall papers, and assembling an
of experts to discuss contemporary environmental issues.
The legislation authorizes a one-time appropriation of a $40 million endowment, the proceeds of which will enable the foundation to carry out the provisions of this legislation.
Mr. Speaker, Mo Udall is in a class by himself. He is a special person and he deserves special recognition.
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Addresses and Special Orders Held in the U.S. House of Representatives
and the Senate, Presented in Honor of The Honorable Morris K. "Mo" Udall,
A Representative from Arizona, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1993