Senator Johnson, let me say it is good to be with you and I speak personally of how everyone is tremendously proud of you for meeting a difficult challenge and making a recovery that inspired and gave hope to everyone, particularly the disabled.
I'm here today as his friend and former colleague. I served with Tom for 10 years, including two years when we both served as our party's Leader before I left voluntarily in 1996. So I have years of experience knowing and working with Tom both in and out of the Senate on a number of issues, such as agriculture, energy, health care, trade and many more. I can testify not only to his expertise on issues, but most importantly to his integrity and fairness, which gave his Senate colleagues confidence regardless of differences.
Senator Daschle and I are now together in the same law firm, Alston & Bird, where he works and I just show up. In addition to advising clients, hosting events, and telling people what we think we know about the political process, we have traveled around the country together discussing the issues of the day. We both know each other's best lines.
Senator Daschle and I, along with our two former colleagues, Senator Howard Baker and Senator George Mitchell, both former Majority Leaders of the Senate, have for two years worked together with the Bipartisan Policy Center. The goal is to address a few of the major important policy challenges and, where possible, reach meaningful consensus along with actionable recommendations.
For the past 9 months, working with the BPC, Senator Daschle and I, with Senator Baker and Mitchell, have been working on health care reform. Senators Baker, Mitchell and I will complete recommendations without further input from Senator Daschle because of his nomination, but we are well aware of his views and his tireless wo
SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center
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