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Congress Remembers Neil Armstrong


August 25, 2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human on the moon, died today at age 82, and reaction from Capitol Hill came pouring in. Here's a look at what they had to say.

(PICTURES: Remembering Neil Armstrong)

House Speaker John Boehner:

"A true hero has returned to the Heavens to which he once flew. Neil Armstrong blazed trails not just for America, but for all of mankind. He inspired generations of boys and girls worldwide not just through his monumental feat, but with the humility and grace with which he carried himself to the end. Ohio has lost one of her proudest sons. Humanity has gained a legend."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:

"When Neil Armstrong took his small step, Americans knew we could overcome any obstacle and prevail over any challenge. Throughout the rest of his life, he continued to work to inspire the next generation - to careers in science and innovation, to lives of service, to broad and bold perspectives.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer:

"He was truly an American hero and icon. He represented the ingenuity and the passion for exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of our nation."

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