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October 31, 2013 at 5:43 AM
WASHINGTON — The cable channel TVW will air Friday’s public memorial service in Spokane for former Speaker Tom Foley.
The event, set to begin at 11 a.m. will be held at St. Aloysius Church near Gonzaga University. TVW will carry it live on television and stream it on the web. Gov. Jay Inslee, and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are expected to attend.
Foley, a Democrat who served 30 years in Congress, died at 84 on Oct. 18. He was honored at an invitation-only service Tuesday at the Capitol. President Obama, former Pres. Bill Clinton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were among those attending.
TVW is on Comcast ch. 25 in Spokane and Comcast ch. 23 in most of Western Washington. Other channel locations can be found here.
The Foley service will be re-broadcast next week, including at 7 p.m. Monday.
October 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM
WASHINGTON – Pausing for a rare detente, President Obama and members of Congress gathered Tuesday for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley, praising the Spokane Democrat as an ideal embodiment of a public servant whose type of bipartisanship many said was lamentably lacking today.
The invitation-only event at Statuary Hall inside the Capitol was attended by 300 family, friends and former colleagues.
Newt Gingrich, the man who took Foley’s job as speaker after the Democrat’s ignominious defeat in the 1994 elections, sat in the front row. Former President Clinton lauded Foley as a tough-minded politico who understood difficult votes came with heavy price, and paid them anyway.
And Robert H. Michel, who served as Foley’s Republican foil for 14 years as House minority leader, said the two men shared a trust and the belief that their beloved House of Representatives was “one of the great creations of a free people.”
Foley died at 84 on Oct. 18 from complications from strokes. He had been in home hospice for months in Washington, D.C.
The service was organized by the office of Speaker John Boehner. Foley’s widow, Heather, was escorted into the room by Obama and Boehner.
October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON — All U.S. flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday as the Capitol prepares for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley.
President Obama ordered the flags lowered Monday in honor of the Spokane Democrat, who died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications from strokes.
Obama is scheduled to headline a list of dignitaries who will attend the 3 p.m. service at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Former President Clinton will speak.
Others expected to speak include Foley’s close friends, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks of Bremerton and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell plan to attend as well.
Also on the program for the invitation-only service are Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
October 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama will take part in a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley next Tuesday at the Capitol building.
Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last Friday at the age of 84.
Obama praised him as a “legend of the United States Congress” whose straightforward approach helped find common ground with both Republicans and his fellow Democrats.
The Washington state lawmaker served as speaker from 1989 to 1995. He was ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton.
October 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM
WASHINGTON — An invitation-only memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley of Spokane will be held next Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.
Former President Bill Clinton is expected to attend, according to Foley’s widow, Heather Foley. She said President Obama has not replied to his invitation.
A second, public service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 1 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane near Gonzaga University.
Foley, a Democrat who represented Eastern Washington’s 5th District in Congress for 30 years, died last Friday at 84.
Foley rose higher in Congress than anyone from Washington state. A popular figure and a skilled parliamentarian, Foley nonetheless lost his speakership in the 1994 elections that ushered in Newt Gringrich’s Republican revolution.
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