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BOISE, Idaho – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Vicki’s and my thoughts and prayers go out to Justice Ginsburg’s family. I did not know her well but I admired her commitment to public service and intellect, though I disagreed with her politically. I did, however, know her friend Justice Scalia well, and one day, while fishing with him in Idaho, we had occasion to talk about his friendship with Justice Ginsberg, given his profound opposite view on almost all issues. He said plainly that they were friends because they treated each other with dignity, respect, and kindness. All of us could build a lasting memorial to these two remarkable people by abandoning the hate, animosity, and vitriol so prevalent in politics today, and turn instead to treating everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness, making the world a better place."