House Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman C.W. “Bill” Young will be laid to rest Thursday in his native and beloved Florida. The veteran Republican was an old-school lawmaker, who during his final months and weeks, lamented the tactics and views of the 2010 and 2012 classes of House Republicans, who rode into office on a tea party wave of campaign cash and anti-government rhetoric.
At 82 years old, Young was an elder statesman in the GOP caucus and the entire House. Amid a turbulent sea of political and ideological bitterness, Young was respected by members of both parties. He was a compromiser, a deal-maker. So it was fitting that Democrats joined Republicans on Tuesday to honor Young on the House floor. Read some of the bipartisan praise after the jump. More