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Congress Pays Tribute To Former U.S. Representative Julia M. Carson

Apr 9, 2008
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman André Carson spoke on the House Floor today regarding H.R. 5472, a bill that designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2650 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, as the "Julia M. Carson Post Office Building.” Below are Congressman Carson’s remarks.

Mister Speaker, I would first like to thank Senator Evan Bayh, Congressman Visclosky, and the entire Indiana delegation for supporting this important piece of legislation. I also would like to extend my sincere thanks to Subcommittee Chairman Danny Davis and his staff for all their work in quickly bringing this bill to the Floor for a vote.

Mister Speaker, I come to the Floor today with a heavy heart but also with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I am sad that my grandmother, the former Congresswoman Julia Carson, is not able to be here on this wonderful occasion. But I am also deeply grateful that my colleagues have chosen to honor my grandmother by authorizing that a postal facility in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana be renamed the ‘Julia M. Carson Post Office Building.’

Congresswoman Carson was many good things to many people in the Indianapolis area. Many will remember her as a staunch advocate for the poor from her years in the Indiana State Legislature. Others will perhaps remember her for her efforts in helping needy children receive health care services. But I think most importantly, many people will just remember her for being who she was and that was a good person with a kind and caring heart.

So I would once again like to thank all my colleagues who were instrumental in bringing this bill to the Floor today. And I know that if my grandmother were here she would thank you as well.

Thank you Mister Speaker and I yield back the balance of my time.

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