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 McConnellFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday demurred when asked if he supports renaming a Senate office building after GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote 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 CornynFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week GOP senator accuses Dems of ‘character assassination’ on Kavanaugh 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation 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 FlakeGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Police arrest 128 protesting Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill GOP launches counteroffensive on Kavanaugh MORE (Ariz.) said over the weekend that he would support the resolution.