"I was saddened by the death of Senator Robert C. Byrd. He was a legendary figure in the history of the United States Senate and of our country. I was deeply honored to get to know him and work with him.
"Among his many legacies, he was a champion for America's children as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. His leadership will be deeply missed. He was not just a hero to the people of West Virginia, he was a hero for all Americans."