Dingell's farewell message to America includes dig at Trump

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"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress", Debbie Dingell's office said in a statement.

"I thanked him for his service to our country and being an example to those who have followed him into the public arena", Bush said in a statement. He helped broker a compromise that set the standards at 35 miles per gallon, a 40 percent increase, by 2020. They met on a flight between Detroit and Washington.

He had said his single most important vote in Congress was for the sweeping 1964 Civil Rights Act, which among other provisions forbade discrimination in employment based on race and sex. "My people live and die by the success of the auto industry and manufacturing". "Maybe not as fast as we wanted, or as perfectly as hoped", Dingell wrote. But it wasn't his first time on the House floor - as a teen, the Democrat had served as a congressional page. After a brief stint in the Army near the end of World War II, the younger Dingell earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University.

After his father died while in office 1955, Dingell was elected to the seat in a special election at the age of 29.

"He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American". Whitmer issued a statement in a news release Thursday night.

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In 2008, Waxman ousted Dingell from the chairmanship of the full committee.

Dingell, whose district was home to the Ford Motor Company, had always been a strong supporter of the auto industry but also stressed environmental issues over the years.

In 1986, Dingell summoned Deaver, Reagan's former deputy chief of staff, to testify on whether he had used his connections to the president to help build his lobbying business.

Dingell called the sentence too light.

"Among his achievements", the Times reports, "were enhancing the safety of blood banks, bottled water and pacemakers and exposing waste, fraud and abuse throughout the federal government".

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In 1993, Dingell's committee became the battleground for Bill Clinton's bid to create a national health-care system.

Dingell favored abolishing the Senate, where legislation faces a higher threshold for passage and combining the two chambers into one.

Former President Barack Obama has described him as one of the most influential legislators of all time.

As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands. "Do you think I'm silly enough to let that happen again?" he told the Washington Post in response to the controversial auto industry bailouts following the 2008 financial crisis.

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