Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Missouri lawmakers team to name Union Station after Truman

(From Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver)

I introduced legislation in Washington recently with the hope of honoring our Favorite Son, former President Harry S. Truman, while bringing national attention here at home. The legislation, HR 4638, would rename Washington D.C.’s Union Station to the “Harry S. Truman Union Station.”

In an extraordinary show of bipartisan cooperation, this legislation is cosponsored by the entire Missouri delegation in the House of Representatives, and is a companion to Senate legislation introduced by Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill. 

President Truman stood for ideals we can all embrace, regardless of political party. And he believed all people should be treated fairly, equally, and allowed the opportunity to pursue the best version of themselves through education, good health, and hard work. He made Missouri -- and our nation proud.

President Truman used Union Station extensively during his time in the White House, as it was home to the Presidential rail car. His famous “whistle-stop campaign” journey started and ended at Union Station. This legislation will honor his memory and connection to the federal city. 

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