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Biden mourns passing of Rep. Alcee Hastings

Biden mourns passing of Rep. Alcee Hastings
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President BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE mourned the passing of “trailblazing” Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsJulia Letlow sworn in as House member after winning election to replace late husband Black lawmakers press Biden on agenda at White House meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage MORE (D-Fla.), who died on Tuesday at the age of 84 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

In a statement, Biden said that he had the privilege of getting to know Hastings when Biden served in the Senate and later as vice president and admired Hastings's humor and ability to speak the truth without reservation.

“I greatly admired him for his singular sense of humor, and for always speaking the truth bluntly and without reservation,” Biden said.

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The president further hailed Hastings as a “trailblazing lawyer who grew up in the Jim Crow South” and said he was “passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans.”

“It was a passion he forged as a pioneering civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, fighting tirelessly to desegregate hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in south Florida — a trailblazing spirit to advocate for what is right that guided him throughout his life,” he added.

Biden said Hastings “always stood up to fight for equality, and always showed up for the working people he represented. And even in his final battle with cancer, he simply never gave up.”

Hastings was a civil rights attorney who fought segregation and poverty. He was nominated by former President Carter to serve as a federal judge in Florida. He later won election to the House to represent the state’s 20th Congressional District and would do so for 15 terms.

Hastings was the dean of Florida’s congressional delegation and its longest-serving member.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-Calif.said that Hastings “leaves behind a powerful legacy of activism and action on behalf of Floridians and all Americans. His leadership and friendship will be missed by his many friends in Congress.”