The renaming is likely to pass with support from leaders in both parties.
“Tip O’Neill was a man of the House in every sense, whether he was fiercely advocating for his constituents, wrangling votes as Speaker, or reaching across the aisle to President Reagan,” said Boehner in a statement. “Tip is a giant in the history of the House, and it is fitting to have a building on Capitol Hill bear his name.”
When reopened, the building will house a mix of executive and legislative branch employees.
O'Neill was formally the namesake of a House office building on C Street SE, but that building was demolished in 2002, with a parking lot now on the site.