Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks following House passage of S.3145, which names a portion of United States Route 20A, located in Orchard Park, near Buffalo, New York, as the ‘Timothy J. Russert Highway.' Award-winning NBC journalist and long-time host of "Meet the Press" Tim Russert died June 13.

Senator Boxer said: "I am glad the House acted quickly on our Environment and Public Works Committee bill. Tim Russert's love for his hometown was as well known as his passion for politics. This bill is a lasting reminder to the people of Buffalo, New York, that they had a real champion in Tim Russert."

The Senate passed the legislation, sponsored by Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer of New York, by unanimous consent on June 25. The measure now goes to President Bush for his signature.

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