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Sen. John McCain died Saturday at age
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  • Several political leaders followed Sen. Chuck Schumer’s
    call to rename the Senate Office Building for the late Sen.
    John McCain after his death.
  • In a statement Saturday, Schumer said he would be
    introducing a resolution for the building’s name to be changed,
    which several leaders supported in on-air appearances
    Sunday.
  • There has been previous debate about renaming the
    building from the late Sen. Richard B. Russell of Georgia, who
    held pro-segregationist views.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer’s call to rename the Senate
Office Building for the late Sen. John McCain received support
from prominent members of Congress on Sunday.

In a statement Saturday, Schumer said he would be introducing a
resolution for the building’s name to be changed “so that
generations remember him.”

Officials from both sides of the aisle backed the proposed change
in on-air appearances on the Sunday political shows.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, McCain’s longtime state colleague,
said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” he wanted to be the “first
Republican co-sponsor” for the name change, adding it would be
one honor among “many other things that we need to do, but that’s
a good one.”

There has been previous debate about renaming the building to
distance it from the legacy of the late Sen. Richard B. Russell
of Georgia, who held pro-segregationist views, according to
official Senate history.

CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper called the
proposition a “quite brilliant” move that goes beyond political
ideology to assign the honor of the building’s name to a widely
appreciated figure.

“You get rid of Dick Russell’s memory, a giant of the Senate but
also a horrific white supremacist, a Democrat, and you get to
erase him from the democratic archives,” Tapper said. “It’s a
nice bipartisan moment.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” it
would be a “great tribute” to McCain, who she said “was
formidable, had enormous integrity, and was acting on behalf of
our country and what he truly believed.”

“Decades to come, everyone who came to Washington would know the
very special place that John McCain held … and will continue to
hold,” Pelosi added.

McCain died Saturday at the
age of 81 after his family announced he would be ending treatment for brain
cancer.

Tributes poured in from military leaders, former presidents, and
McCain’s former Senate colleagues commending his life and
career, which included over 20 years in the US Navy and three
decades as an Arizona senator.

Remembering the life and legacy of John McCain:

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