Clinton: Lautenberg a steadfast champion of causes

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The casket containing the body of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is carried into the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Lautenberg's nearly three decades in office and the causes he championed will be remembered at a funeral service in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg was a steadfast supporter of families trying to keep children safe, women's rights, mass transit and other causes.

Clinton spoke at the funeral Wednesday for Lautenberg at a New York City synagogue filled with dignitaries including Vice President Joe Biden. He is also scheduled to speak.

Lautenberg, a liberal Democrat from New Jersey, died Monday after suffering complications from viral pneumonia. At 89, he was the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran to serve there.

Clinton says there was never any doubt where Lautenberg stood on the issues. She also lauds him as a "champion of women's rights and opportunities."