B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International mourns the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Lautenberg was a World War II veteran and a dear friend of the Jewish community. As a senator from New Jersey for more than 28 years, he was a staunch supporter of Israel, a champion of free emigration for Soviet and Iranian Jews, and a booster of the rights of Jewish refugees from the Middle East.
Lautenberg died the morning of June 3 at the age of 89 due to complications from viral pneumonia. He was the oldest member and the last World War II veteran to serve in Congress.
Lautenberg was a respected voice on many human rights issues, and he was key in enacting a number of health and safety laws.
The five-term senator was well respected amongst his colleagues and constituents. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
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