Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Death Of Former House Speaker Jim Wright

Jim Wright mastered the legislative process to accomplish good and significant things that have made life better for generations of Americans.  For instance, his legacy includes the substantial infrastructure investments made possible by the ‘pay as you go’ interstate highway system funding mechanism that he forged through legislative skill, a clear vision for the future, and sheer determination.  That and other achievements helped to transform the nation and our economy.

His contributions also include his role as a peacemaker.  He worked with President Carter and others in brokering the difficult -- and enduring -- Camp David peace accords.  He also played a key role in helping to bring about a negotiated settlement to bloody conflict in Central America, making possible Nicaragua’s 1990 elections, in which the Sandinista government gave way to an elected government.

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