"For more than seven decades, I've been dedicated to making people laugh. If I get more than three people in a room, I do a number," Mr. Lewis said in a statement. "Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life's work was one of the biggest thrills of my life. It is comforting to know that this small piece of the world of comedy will be preserved and available to future generations."
"Our first job as members of Congress is to support our troops and the men and women who are in harm's way protecting our country," said Rep. Jerry Lewis of California, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee.