Washington – Although U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise twice voted against recognizing the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a state holiday while serving in the Louisiana Legislature, he praised King on Monday, the federal holiday honoring the murdered civil rights leader.

“As we reflect upon the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, we also recognize how our nation has been strengthened by his legacy,” Scalise, a Republican from Jefferson, said in statement. “Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill the promises of liberty, equality, and justice prescribed in the founding of our great nation. Leading by example, he stressed the teachings of tolerance, service, and love, regardless of race, color, or creed. Today, his writings and speeches continue to empower and inspire those who seek liberty, equality, and justice.”

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