CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, July 26, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1975 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 1975 was introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on May 24, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
This bill would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 281 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office Building.”
Lt. Oliver Goodall, a former Tuskegee Airman, died on November 2, 2010 in Pasadena, CA at the age of 88. Originally from Oklahoma City, Mr. Goodall was a studying at the University of Detroit when he was drafted in 1942. He completed his training at the Army Air Corps Flying School in Alabama, and was assigned to the 447th Medium Bombardment Group. Though the war ended before he could see combat overseas, Mr. Goodall was nonetheless able to strike a blow for civil rights in the armed forces stateside. In 1945, he and other Tuskegee Airmen were arrested for entering an officers’ club in Indiana that was off-limits to African-American officers. In the wake of this courageous act, President Harry Truman issued an executive order which forbade discrimination in the U.S. armed services. After the war, Mr. Goodall pursued a number of career paths – including working 22 years in the Postal Service – and obtained both an Associates and Bachelors degree. He was a founding member of his local former Tuskegee Airmen chapter, and remained active in its affairs until his death.
According to CBO, any costs related to new post office designations, which include the cost of changing the name on the building, signs, and maps, are not significant.