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May 8, 2014

McCaskill wants to rename D.C.’s Union Station after Truman

The new name would be the “Harry S. Truman Union Station”

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On the 130th anniversary of Harry Truman’s birth, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced legislation Thursday to rename Union Station in Washington D.C. after the nation’s 33rd president.

McCaskill said such an honor is overdue because there is no memorial to Truman in Washington or a statue of him in the Capitol.

Truman, of course, was known for his whistle-stop campaigning that boosted him to an upset win in the 1948 election. Union Station was home to the rail car — U.S. Car No. 1 — that Truman used during his years in the White House.

That whistle-stop campaign began, and ended, at Union Station.

“It would be a fitting tribute to have the train station just a short walk from the Capitol, that played such an important role in his presidency, bear the name of this great leader,” McCaskill said.

“A gutsy straight-talker, Missouri’s favorite son, and one of America’s most well-respected presidents, Harry Truman deserves a memorial in Washington that can carry the weight of his heavy accomplishments and can remind future generations of his great legacy that inspired a nation.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, who works out of Truman’s old Senate office, is a co-sponsor of the bill.

McCaskill and Blunt both serve on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which will have jurisdiction over the legislation.

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