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February 7, 2016

Norton Supports Union Station Name Change

The iconic building could become the "Harry S. Truman Union Station." (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Is this the future “Harry S. Truman Union Station?” (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s only critique of a proposal to change the name of Washington, D.C.’s iconic Union Station may be the timing.

Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt were so eager to introduce legislation to rename the station for President Harry S. Truman on the date of his 130th birthday that they apparently forgot to give Norton a heads-up.

“They’ve been very forthcoming,” the D.C. Democrat told CQ Roll Call in an interview a few hours after the senators announced the bill, adding that she was “sorry” she didn’t know about it in advance.

“I really think that Harry Truman was one of the nation’s greatest presidents,” she added, heaping praise on No. 33. Norton said Truman deserves a “working memorial — something emblematic of the working man’s president.”

Norton promised to co-sponsor a House version of the legislation to rename the transportation hub as the “Harry S. Truman Union Station,” saying she applauded the idea but wanted to make sure Union Station not be lost in the shuffle.

Norton is optimistic that a new high-profile name will reinvigorate the commitment of Congress to help make Union Station “a world-class, 21st-century intermodal facility.” She claimed that adding a president’s name would emphasize the fact that the Union Station in her city is “the┬ámost important of the union stations around the country.”

Norton is a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which will likely have jurisdiction of the bill in the House.

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