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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 McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday demurred when asked if he supports renaming a Senate office building after GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' 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 CornynThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden Quinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas 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 SchumerTrump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference Pelosi calls Iran 'bad actor' but not equivalent to Russia on election interference 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 FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll MORE (Ariz.) said over the weekend that he would support the resolution.