Congress passes bill to rename U.S. courthouse after Bush presidents

December 18, 2012

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The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to rename a U.S. courthouse in Midland, Texas after former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. 

The House of Representatives approved the legislation in 2011, meaning the measure needs only the president’s signature to take effect. 

The bill, originally sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), will rename the federal building and courthouse at 200 East Wall Street in Midland as the “George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building.” 

“In their 20 years of service in the White House, Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush distinguished themselves as exemplary American leaders,” Conaway said in a statement. “Renaming this courthouse in Midland is a meaningful tribute to these two great Texans.” 

The Bush family lived in Midland until the younger Bush, who was born in New Haven, Conn., was a teenager. 

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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