McConnell demurs on renaming Senate building after McCain

McConnell demurs on renaming Senate building after McCain
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday demurred when asked if he supports renaming a Senate office building after GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (Ariz.). 

“We’ll be talking about the best way to honor Sen. McCain,” McConnell told reporters when asked about the idea of renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after McCain, after giving a speech memorializing McCain on the Senate floor.

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Pressed on if renaming the building was something he was would support, McConnell, who routinely doesn’t respond to hallway questions, didn’t answer as he walked into his office. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Momentum builds for new COVID-19 relief for businesses Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on Monday that there would likely be a “discussion” and suggested the Rules Committee could take up the issue. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to offer a resolution to rename Russell after McCain. The building is currently named after former Georgia Democratic Sen. Richard Brevard Russell, who opposed numerous efforts to pass civil rights legislation. 

Schumer told reporters on Monday that he had picked up some Republican support for his resolution but was unsure when he would try to move it. 

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (Ariz.) said over the weekend that he would support the resolution.