Statement of Sam Nunn on the Passing of Pete Domenici

“I have lost a dear friend and close confidant with the passing of Pete Domenici.  Pete and I arrived in the Senate in late 1972 and served together for 24 years.  We worked across the aisle on many of the nation’s critical issues—from comprehensive tax reform to reducing nuclear dangers—but even more importantly, we bonded as trusted friends and partners, whether we agreed or disagreed on a particular vote or a particular policy. 

“Pete and I spent countless hours over two years working on what became known as the USA-Unlimited Savings Allowance tax code proposal.  This total re-write of our current tax system would have encouraged savings and investment and been simple, fair and understandable.  It would have been fiscally responsible and made America more competitive.  Pete and I often joked that these were the reasons it did not become law.

“Pete and I also spent a lot of time working together on reducing the dangers from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.  His timely intervention and co-sponsorship on the Senate floor was crucial in the passage of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction legislation in 1991. Five years later, Pete, Dick Lugar and I co-authored and managed to pass America’s first concerted effort to train local, state, and law enforcement officials to respond in the event of a terrorist attack.  This bill—known as the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici legislation—was a crucial building block for America’s homeland security efforts, both before and after the September 11th terrorist attacks. 

“I was honored that Pete and I continued to work together in our post-Senate careers as Board members of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  As the number one champion of civil nuclear power and as a man of faith, Pete knew that we could use uranium to benefit hundreds of millions of people or we could use it to destroy God’s creation.

“Suffice it to say, Pete was an indispensable leader in the post-Cold War effort to protect the American people.  No better man, no better friend.  Colleen and I send our love and heartfelt condolences to Nancy and the entire Domenici family.”
September 13, 2017
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“I have lost a dear friend and close confidant with the passing of Pete Domenici. Pete and I arrived in the Senate in late 1972 and served together for 24 years. We worked across the aisle on many of the nation’s critical issues—from comprehensive tax reform to reducing nuclear dangers—but even more importantly, we bonded as trusted friends and partners, whether we agreed or disagreed on a particular vote or a particular policy.