Senators Call for Renaming Russell Building after John McCain

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | August 27, 2018 | 10:42 AM EDT

Former Senator John McCain (left) and the Russell Senate Office building (right) (Screenshots)

Following Sen. John McCain’s death on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted he is planning on introducing a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. McCain.

“The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain,” Sen. Schumer tweeted.

He continued, “Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to remake the Russell building after him.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” he would “want to be the first Republican co-sponsor for that resolution.”

“Well, I want to be the first Republican co-sponsor for that resolution,” Sen. Flake said. “I think that that would be a fitting tribute. There are many other things that we need to do, but that's a good one. John McCain had his office just right near mine in the Russell building, and that's where he was his entire time. I think that that's a fitting tribute.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told CNN’s “Inside Politics,” on Sunday that that is an “excellent idea.”

"I think it's an excellent idea,” said Sen. Coons. “I think we should honor John in a couple of ways. That would be a terrific thing for us to do, I think. I also think we should do more for national service. He fought tirelessly for our armed forces and veterans, and he believed that national service, whether civilian or military, helps bring our country together, helps make it possible for young people to earn college and to gain skills. And I'd like to do something in the national service arena in his name and his honor.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” on Sunday that remaining the Russell Building after Sen. McCain is a “very smart idea.”

“Of course," Sen. Klobuchar said. “I think it is a very smart idea. It's a place, as you know, Kasie, that John McCain, when you talk about walking those marble floors, it's where he worked for years, and it also embodies the traditions of the Senate in that it's the oldest Senate office building. And he was a student of history.”

“Every trip that I went with him on, he was constantly reading books, World War II books, taking those lessons of history, which you heard in that talk he gave on half-baked nationalism not so long ago, and bringing them to the present -- understanding what that threat of Russia really meant. And if I learned anything from him on foreign policy, it was that the lessons of history matter. And that America is at its strongest when we are a beacon for democracies around the world, and that we shouldn't shirk from that duty.”

At present, the Russell Senate Office building is named after Sen. Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. (D-Ga.), who served in the Senate from 1933-1971.

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