House to vote on renaming Bay Pines VA hospital in honor of Bill Young
UPDATE: It passed by voice vote, meaning without objection.
The U.S. House on Wednesday will vote to rename the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines in honor of C.W. Bill Young, who died last Friday at age 82.
The new name would be the “C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center." The measure is sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, and will pass with ease.
The Senate version is being filed by Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.
Bay Pines is the beneficiary of -- you guessed it -- Young's budget earmark prowess. "Florida has done very well because of the Congress recognizing needs," Young said in a 2010 interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "You want to talk about earmarks? The first big appropriation that I did years ago was to build a hospital for veterans at Bay Pines.
The tribute comes a day before a large House contingent is to fly to Florida for Young's funeral. A list of speakers includes House Speaker John Boehner. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will attend.