House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mourned the passing of former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter in a statement released Sunday afternoon.
"For three decades, Senator Arlen Specter served the people of Pennsylvania with independence, toughness, determination and an unflinching devotion to the best interests of his constituents and our country.
"From the committee room to the Senate chamber, Senator Specter offered a voice of reason and passion in every debate – always willing to reach across the aisle and work across party lines to get the job done, regardless of political gamesmanship or gain. As a fellow appropriator, I was honored to work with him to invest in the health of our veterans, scientific and medical research, and a host of other priorities.
"In his personal life, Senator Specter battled challenges to his health with the same spirit and vigor he brought to the floor of the United States Senate. His memory and legacy will continue to inspire his colleagues and all who knew him. We only hope it is a comfort to his wife, Joan, and his family that so many mourn their loss at this sad time."