House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) sponsored the legislation, which would rename the hospital. Florida Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio wades into Trump-Lewis feud 19 companies that Trump has tweeted about Ex-Dem gov: I would have picked Giuliani over Tillerson MORE (R) and Bill NelsonBill NelsonSenators introduce dueling miners bills Takata executives indicted over defective airbag charges Five takeaways from Chao’s confirmation hearing MORE (D) are introducing a companion bill.
The House is expected to vote on the legislation as early as Wednesday — a day before Young's funeral, which many lawmakers will attend. The lower chamber will adjourn Thursday to allow time for members to fly to Florida for the ceremony.
The VA medical center is currently named “the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System,” but “shall be known and designated as the ‘C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center,' ” the senators’ bill says.
Young — the House Republicans’ longest-serving member — died Friday after spending several weeks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he was being treated for a back injury. He was 82.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerAn anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary Trump, House GOP could clash over 'Buy America' MORE (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney FrelinghuysenHouse GOP picks two women to lead committees GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees Overnight Defense: NY/NJ bombings renew terror debate | US probes Syrian air strike | Senators push measure on Saudi arms sale MORE (R-N.J.) are slated to speak at his funeral Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
On Monday, The Hill reported Frelinghuysen is in line to take Young’s spot as chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.
The VA’s Bay Pines Medical Center was built as a result of a Young earmark.
"Florida has done very well because of the Congress recognizing needs," Young said in a 2010 interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "You want to talk about earmarks? The first big appropriation that I did years ago was to build a hospital for veterans at Bay Pines."