H.R. 1707, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the "James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building"

H.R. 1707

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the "James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building"

Date
June 17, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On June 17, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1707, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the “James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building,” under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1707 was introduced on April 24, 2013 by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1707 designates the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the “James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building.”

Background

James R. Burgess Jr. was born on December 19, 1915 in Algood, Tennessee and served more than twenty years in the Army.  “Burgess played a critical role in a largely unknown part of American military history as a leader of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American armored unit to enter battle in World War II.”[1]  He commanded one of six companies who served under General George Patton in Europe and attained the rank of Major by the time of his retirement.  He eventually attended law school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduated as the only African-American in his class.[2]  He was elected as the Champaign County State’s Attorney in 1972, and served as a U.S. attorney later in his career.  He passed away in 1997.[3]

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[1] http://rodneydavis.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=377913
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, but no cost is expected.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.