Rep. C.W. Bill Young, House Republican, dies at 82

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Published on Saturday, 19 October 2013 09:52

Written by Catalina Camia , USA TODAY

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, recalled how lawmakers would seek Young’s counsel, chatting with the Florida congressman at his favorite spot in the corner of the House floor.

 

“There was good reason for this,” Boehner said in a statement. “Here was a man who had seen it all and accomplished much. Looking out for our men and women in uniform was his life’s work, and no one was better at it. No one was kinder, too.”

 

Young, first elected in 1970, is best known for his longtime service on the House Appropriations Committee, where he was influential in securing millions of dollars for military contracts and special projects in his district and throughout Florida.

 

Young’s success at securing federal dollars for pet projects, known as earmarks, made him a target of government watchdog groups and fiscal conservatives who wanted to rein in government spending. Congress in recent years banned earmarks, after outcry about their cost and proliferation.

 

He had already announced he would not seek re-election in 2014, telling the Tampa Bay Times in an interview last week, “it’s my time” to retire. Young had also cited his …

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