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Schumer: I suggest we rename the Russell building, according to McCain
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer honors Sen. John McCain in the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, would like to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
But in a strange twist of irony, many of the progressive ideals that serve as the “hanger”, of today’s democratic party and the progressive movement can’t exist, there would not be the building’s namesake, Sen., Richard Russell, D-Ga.
Three Senate office building sits across the street from the U.S. Capitol, connected by an underground network of tunnels. The latest is the Hart Senate Office Building named after Sen. Phil Hart, D-Mich. — the “conscience of the Senate.” Then there is the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the namesake of the longtime Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, R-Ill. Closest to the Capitol, the Russell Senate Office Building. Russell is the oldest of the trio, was in the year 1909.
Thirty-five senators and six committees have offices in Russell. The structure contains the suite of McCain and the Armed Services Committee, which he chaired.
Richard Russell served 38 years in the Senate. A staunch anti-Communist, Russell also led the Armed Services Committee. Russell never served as a Senate majority or minority leader. But there’s a reason Russell didn’t need to. He is committed to the memory of the Senate rules. He was able to convince fellow senators to vote for the bills that you will be rejected otherwise. The idea of a majority or minority leader, was a new concept in the Senate, which in the early 20th century. The Senate is a body of the same to the same. That’s why the Senate majority leader albums, Barkley, D-Ky., Scott Lucas, D-Ill., and Ernest McFarland, D-Ariz., fought. They held the title. But none of them radiated the political power of Richard Russell.
During his time on Capitol Hill, no one bid for the Senate folkways, methods and procedures, such as Russell.
And here is the bad part: Russell a racist and a racial segregation. He filibustered civil rights bills. He fought right to the prohibition of public lynchings.
“We believe that the system of racial segregation … is a reason for the preservation of peace and harmony between the races,” said Russell, quoted in Robert Caro’s book “master of the Senate.”
Russell’s views on race are, why Schumer and other Democrats that the building, according to McCain, is to be renamed.
“It is only fitting that his name should adorn a physical institution of the Senate, especially one that the Armed Services Committee,” said Schumer.
But there is simply no Democrats that want to change the name.
“A building named after (McCain) makes a lot of sense to me,” said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S. C., the lone African American Republican in the Senate.
“I’m great,” said Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., when asked about Schumer’s proposal. “I loved John McCain. He was a good friend and mentor. He took me under his wing.”
But not everyone is on Board, including the legislator from Georgia.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., Schumer play policy accused.
“McCain just died. We need to take a deep breath,” said Perdue.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., the name wants something to McCain for time immemorial.
“I don’t want to establish the precedent that we are un-honor someone said in the future,” Cassidy.
In other words, if you can strip the name “Richard Russell” the Russell Senate Office building, why could the McCain Senate Office Building does not happen in the future?
“I would like the name of the Capitol after the old man, if I could,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C.
Graham is also the name of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) proposed that, after the Arizona Republican.
“John hated it. He thought it was a waste of money,” said Graham, remarked with a smile that the CVC with the McCain nickname could be “my last journey with him.”
But Graham says a lot of the focus seems out of place in a time of grief.
“Instead of worrying about what the name is for him – we should call something or a few things-let’s try to be more like him,” suggested Graham.
The Russell Senate Office Building was named after Richard Russell. It is only the Senate office building was, first, because it was the only one. Some called it the “SOB” for short.
Maybe this is a dig at Russell. And, in the light of the original “SOB” moniker, a friend of McCain, Fox said that the naming of the building would match McCain and the late senator perfectly.
But here’s why Russell was important:
Take a look at the above-mentioned “Master of the Senate” by Robert Caro. The 1,100-page magnum opus details how Lyndon Baines Johnson was truly the master of the Senate, no one had really done for him. Remember, these other Senate leaders lacked the chops? Guess who came on the scene, the fact? Lyndon Johnson. Johnson went to one of the most powerful Senate leader of the all-time. The only others that are in the vicinity of Sens. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., Bob Dole, R-Kan., Howard Baker, R-Tenn., and Mike Mansfield, D-Mont.
For good or bad, as Johnson became President, he successfully passed his “Great Society” expanded the programs by the Congress. That included passing landmark civil rights legislation, of waging a “war on poverty.” Congress, legislation adopted, creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Johnson signed laws on consumer protection and housing. He penned to create the votes cast, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and launched the public broadcasting service.
How did Johnson achieve? Well, he got to the Senate, and developed his bona fides by Richard Russell.
Russell would have been able to move, to wanted to in a vacant management position at any time. But he did not want to get bogged down in details. In 1951, Johnson was the Senate democratic whip. The only reason? As Caro writes, Johnson is the support of “a man,” says Richard Russell. Two years later, Johnson, as a Democratic leader.
To understand Johnson, you have to dig very deep in Russell. Caro has, in his tour de force, devotes an entire Chapter of the Georgia Democrat: “A Russell of the Russells of Georgia.” It was Russell, the own championship of the Senate, in part, helped President Franklin Delano Roosevelt muscle through his own legislative program during the Great Depression: “The New Deal.”
Russell defended the views on race, the offensive today. But it wasn’t for Richard Russell, and, later, his agent, Lyndon Johnson, the main principles of the Democratic party platform would be legal today.
It is unclear whether Schumer and others get their way, and rename the Russell building, according to McCain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., empaneling is a cross-party group to determine the right way to honor McCain.
“In addition to getting things done, he wanted to you on a regular basis in order,” said Senate rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., of his fallen colleagues. “I’m sure the Senate will find a way to honor him.”
A senior Senate source told Fox that you think the Senate should new the name of something “” to McCain. That can still happen.
Democrats talk a lot of preservation of the great New Deal and Great Society programs on the election campaign this fall. Richard Russell does not align with contemporary views on race. But the party and the country would look a little different today if it were not for him and his protege, Lyndon Johnson.