Last week our country was saddened by the loss of John Glenn, a true American hero of our time. He was a remarkable man with more accomplishments than seemingly feasible to most. He was a Marine, an astronaut and a senator who excelled in every endeavor into which he entered.
During his time as a Marine, he flew 59 combat missions during World War II and 90 combat missions during the Korean War. He was then one of seven individuals chosen by NASA to become America’s first astronauts. Glenn became the fifth man in space and the first American Astronaut to orbit the earth. Nearly ten years later he began his 25 year stint serving as a United States Senator for the State of Ohio. While he was a senator, he once again returned to space at the age of 77 to become the oldest person to ever to go space, and logging a total of 218 hours in space over his lifetime.
A phenomenon of sorts, no words can even begin to do justice to the achievements of John Glenn and what he did for our country. Outside of his notable accomplishments he was also known for simply being a good person and relentless optimist. He also had a profound respect for our men and women in the military and the job they do each day.
John Glenn was one of the most upstanding and distinguished men this country has ever known, and he will truly be missed.
Water Resources Bill
Last week the House passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act that ensures funding for the resources needed to maintain our ports, harbors and waterways. Forty percent of all goods moved on the nation’s waterways are crude oil or petroleum products and if we want to lead in oil and natural gas production, we have to have to make sure we are adequately maintaining our ports and harbors. The bill is also important to our Mississippi agriculture interests, especially in regards to trade and exporting. Healthy waterways and the ability to deepen our ports are crucial as we look to export our products internationally.
General John Kelly Nomination
I'm also pleased with the President-elect's nomination of Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Once again, Marines lead the way and General John Kelly is no exception. His military service, leadership experience and general candor make him the perfect man for the job. Kelly’s late son was also in uniform during Hurricane Katrina and assisted in the cleanup of the aftermath here in Mississippi. He was later killed in action during the war on terror. General Kelly is a man who knows service and sacrifice more than most. I look forward to his leadership and guidance as head of Homeland Security.
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In your service,
Steven M. Palazzo