H.R. 5798, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building”

H.R. 5798

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building”

Sponsor
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky

Date
September 20, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5798, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5798 was introduced on July 14, 2016, by Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on September 15, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5798 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building.”

Background

Originally a Milwaukee-native, Abner Mikva was one of the few Americans to serve public office in all three branches of government as a Congressman, Federal Judge and White House Counsel. Beginning at the age of 30, he served five terms in the Illinois State House before being elected to Congress for nearly another five terms starting in 1974. During the Carter Administration, Ab was nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he served for an additional 15 years. He later resigned as the court’s Chief Judge during the Clinton Administration to serve as White House Counsel for President Clinton. He also served as a founding board member of the Office of Congressional Ethics from 2009 to 2012.[1]

In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Abner with the Presidential Medal of Honor, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor, to commemorate his dedicated commitment to serving the people of the United States. On July 4, 2016, at the age of 90, Mikva tragically passed away as a result of bladder cancer in a hospice at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He is survived by his wife Zoe who continues to lead the Mikva Challenge, which is a program that places high school student interns in both Republican and Democratic offices and campaigns.[3]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “He inspired a whole generation to believe that politics is a noble calling…He will be deeply, deeply missed by all those who knew, admired, and loved him. I am proud to be one of them.”[4]

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[1] See Chicago Tribune Article, July 5, 2016.
[2] Id.
[3] See Rep. Schakowsky’s Press Release, July 5, 2016.
[4] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for this bill is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1811.