H.R. 4425, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office”

H.R. 4425

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office”

Sponsor
Rep. Tom Emmer

Date
May 23, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4425, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office,” under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on February 2, 2016, by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on May 17, 2016.

 

Bill Summary

H.R. 4425 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office.”

 

Background

Eugene Joseph McCarthy was born on March 29, 1916. He grew up in Watkins, Minnesota and attended the local Catholic school. He left home for Collegeville, Minnesota at the age of 15 to finish high school at Saint John’s Preparatory School and subsequently attended Saint John’s University. He graduated from Saint John’s University with highest honors in 1935 at the mere age of ninteen.

McCarthy earned a master’s degree in economics and sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1939, returning to Saint John’s to teach economics and education in 1940. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and seved as a code breaker for the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department in Washington, D.C. McCarthy became interested in politics and launched a successful campaign for a Democratic seat in the House of Representatives, where he served from 1949-1959. In 1958, McCarthy was elected to the United States Senate and began to attract more national attention.

In 1976, Eugene McCarthy announced his candidacy for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination as a direct challenge to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam policies. MCCarthy was ultimately defeated for the Democratic nomination by Hubert Humphrey. Eugene J. McCarthy died on December 10, 2005. He is survived by his son and daughter.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Eugene McCarthy’s lifeling service and civic engagement is legendary and he was a seminal figure in both state and national politics in the latter half of the 20th century. The naming of the Collegeville post office is an appropriate commemoration of all that he has done for the university, the state, and country.”[2]

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[1] See “Eugene J. McCarthy?
[2] See Rep. Tom Emmer Press Release  February 3, 2016.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.