Mr. President, we are going to continue with the Minnesota theme, and I think Senator Harkin knows that our two States, Minnesota and Iowa, share more than just a border. We share a lot of people with relatives on either side of the border. I cannot tell you how many of my friends have their roots in Iowa and how many people in Iowa have their kids in Minnesota. 

We also share citizens who have a strong sense of involvement. We have some of the highest voter turnouts in the country. We both have notorious caucus systems where people like to turn out and make their views known, and our States have produced politicians such as Tom Harkin and Hubert Humphrey, who came up through that tradition and understand that you are there to represent the people of your State because when you go home, they actually come up to you in grocery stores, on the street, call you by your first name, and understand that you are there to represent them. 

We also share farming and we share this enormous belief in science. We actually share Norman Borlaug. There is a new statute--the Presiding Officer must go see it--of Norman Borlaug in Statutory Hall. He was born in Iowa and studied in Iowa, but also studied at the University of Minnesota. He created the Green Revolution, which has helped so many impoverished people in countries all over the world by reducing hunger. 

Tom Harkin has followed in that tradition. He believes in science, believes in investing in agriculture research, and believes in investing NIH. 

The other thing about Tom and me that I knew no other Senator would address is our Slovenian heritage. When Tom leaves--and I see Senator Brown is here--and with the former Senator from Ohio, Senator Voinovich, no longer here, I will remain, I think, as the only Slovenian Senator here. I am hoping someone will come forward and tell me they have Slovenian blood. For a while 3 percent of the U.S. Senate had roots in Slovenia, which is very interesting given how infinitesimal 
the population of the country is compared to the rest of the world. 

Tom loves his Slovenian roots. Like Tom, my ancestors came from Slovenia to America to work in the mines. It is a big part of our lives and what we believe in. 

One time Tom came to my Minnesota Morning breakfast and saw that every Thursday I serve potica to my constituents, and that is unique to Slovenians. It is a rolled dough with either apples or walnuts in it. My grandma used to make it. She would literally borrow card tables and roll the dough throughout her entire kitchen. 

I found a number of places on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, where my dad grew up, that make this potica, and we bring it in. 

Tom came and tried it and decided that for Christmas he would send a potica to every Member of the Senate for Christmas. He called my office and said they don't make it in Iowa. I said, let me give you the name of a baker on the Iron Range. He personally called this woman and said: This is Tom Harkin. I am the Senator from Iowa. I am calling to order 100 poticas from you, one for every Member of the Senate for Christmas. And in very gruff Slovenian fashion, she said: 
I am sorry, it is Christmas, and we are booked. We do not have the poticas to send to Washington, DC. Then he said: I don't know if you know who I am. I chair the Agriculture and Forestry Committee--big forestry area--of the Senate. And she said: I know exactly who you are, but we do not have the poticas to send to Washington. 

So at that moment, he called me. I gave him the names of a number of other bakers, he found one, and every Senator got a potica for Christmas. 

The last thing I will say about Tom that we share in common--we both represent States that believe in helping people who are the most vulnerable. He did that with his support for small farmers with the farm bill, and he did that in his support for the disability community. 

I was at the House this week talking about the ABLE Act with some of the Members, and to a tee, every Republican brought up--because Tom could not be there--Tom's work on the ABLE Act. They knew we would not have the bill that Senator Casey worked on without Tom Harkin, and, as you know, this is just the next step for the disability community. It will allow parents and grandparents and friends and neighbors to set up funds so that if they are not there 
when this young person grows up, there will be money set aside for them. 

Tom Harkin was Paul Wellstone's best friend in the Senate. Paul would say: Politics is about improving people's lives. That is what Tom has done every day in the Senate. 

Thank you, Tom.