House honors Dick Clark as a ‘proud taxpayer’


Dick Clark selects a record in his station library in Philadelphia. (AP)

At least, that’s according to Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), who paid tribute on the House floor to his friend Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82. Dreier praised Clark for his contributions, including racially integrating his popular dance-and-music live show. And he particularly praised Clark’s willingness to kick in for Uncle Sam.

“He was a proud taxpayer,” Dreier said. “He regularly said, ‘Everyone should pay their fair share of taxes.’ ”

The California Republican said he had the chance to thank Clark for paying up. “I said I appreciated that because he knew it was paying my salary.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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