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Congressional gridlock? Not for post offices!

By Ed O'Keefe

Former secretary of state George C. Marshall, civil rights leader Dorothy Height and actor Jimmy Stewart.

Gridlock? What gridlock? The House and Senate can't seem to get their act together on spending bills, tax cuts or much of anything else. Ah, but they can take a few minutes to rename post offices before heading home to run reelection campaigns.

The House will vote on a series of naming bills Tuesday and actor Jimmy Stewart, civil rights icon Dorothy Height and former secretary of state George C. Marshall are among those slated for the honor.

Height's would be most noticeable, as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) wants to rename the building housing the National Postal Museum (and the Capitol City Brewing Co.) at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE in Washington as the "Dorothy I. Height Post Office Building."

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) wants to rename a post office in Indiana, Pa. for Stewart and the one in Uniontown, Pa. for Marshall. (They were born in those respective towns.)

Lawmakers also would rename the Sharon Center, Ohio post office for local official Emil Bolas and the Hartman, Ark. location for M.R. 'Bucky' Walters.

On Wednesday a Senate panel will consider renaming a post office in San Jose, Calif. for former letter carriers union boss Anthony J. Cortese. They also are slated to approve naming the Brighton, Mich. location for evangelist Joyce Rogers, a Cleveland post office for deceased letter carrier David John Bonafee and a Los Angeles spot for former mayor Tom Bradley.

Other pending bills in both chambers would rename some post offices for military service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Postal Service  
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