"Tip O'Neill is an outstanding political leader, and patriot who always carried the torch for the Congress and the American people," she said.

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The current House Speaker, John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio), also praised O'Neill, who died in 1994, as someone everyone respected.

"This is one of those moments when you wonder how the honoree would feel, especially when it's someone like Tip, who never quite held back his opinions," John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE said. "Perhaps he would have enjoyed seeing leaders from opposite sides of the aisle come together to give him a well-deserved hurrah."

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), who managed the brief debate for Democrats, credited O'Neill with never losing touch with the reason he was elected, which was to help his constituents.

"At the end of the day, if you've forgotten who you represent, then I think you've stayed here too long," Capuano said. "Mr. O'Neill never did."

The bill is one of eight that the House is considering on Wednesday, all of which name federal buildings.