Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the Senate's oldest office building to be named after the late Senator John McCain. On Saturday night, Schumer released a statement saying he will be introducing a resolution to rename the historic Russell building after the 81-year-old Republican.
Schumer said with this resolution, generations will be able to remember his legacy, adding that nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain. Schumer said above all McCain was a truth teller, never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. Senator Jeff Flake, McCain’s Arizona counterpart, wants to be the first Republican to co-sponsor the bill.
The building is currently named Sen. Richard Brevard Russell Jr., a Democrat from Georgia who served from 1933 to 1971. He was as a leader of Southern opposition to the civil rights movement and an ardent supporter of segregation for decades.