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December 17, 2012

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Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator Daniel Inouye’s passing. Senator Inouye was a trailblazer in public service and a staunch champion for the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services. He was a strong advocate for advancing the health and well-being of the American people – from promoting biomedical research to addressing issues affecting veterans, Native Hawaiians, and American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Like many of his generation, Senator Inouye dedicated his life to public service. He was a decorated World War II veteran and served in public office for more than six decades. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, he provided leadership to advance the Affordable Care Act. He was a strong supporter of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Native Hawaiian Health Care Program and Community Health Centers, which provide critical care to vulnerable populations. And he was an influential advocate for behavioral health research at the National Institutes of Health and mental health training programs at HRSA.

I extend my condolences to Senator Inouye's family, colleagues, and friends. He has left a lasting legacy on the American people.


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Last revised: August 5, 2013