Union Station, Mo.


Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) supports Union Station renaming, but Mayor Vincent C. Gray is more hesitant. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

For 116 years, the simple name of Union Station has sufficed for Washington’s grand railroad terminal. But in the minds of Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R), there’s no reason it couldn’t be improved on – with the addition of the name of Harry S. Truman, president and distinguished fellow Missourian. While some D.C. residents might think it more appropriate to rename, say, the Union Stations in St. Louis or Kansas City, the notion has some local support. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said Thursday she supports the renaming and would in fact introduce a House companion to the Missourians’ Senate bill. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) feels somewhat differently: “Any name change should be made in collaboration and consultation with the residents and government of the District of Columbia,” he said in a statement. More from APRoll Call and WaTimes.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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