Rep. Israel Statement after 9 Republicans Voted Against Naming Post Office for Maya Angelou

Mar 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Steve Israel released the following statement after nine House Republicans voted against naming a post office in Winston Salem, North Carolina after renowned poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou:

“Naming post offices is one of the most benign and bipartisan duties we perform in the House of Representatives, and there is rarely any opposition. That’s why I was shocked today as nine Republicans voted against naming a post office after Maya Angelou, indisputably one of our country’s greatest poets, authors and civil rights activists. The fact that these nine Members would cast a no vote shows a blatant disrespect and only adds to the damaging actions they’ve taken this year to reverse progress from long and hard fought civil rights battles.”

The nine Republicans who voted against H.R. 3735 include Reps. Mo Brooks (AL), Ken Buck (CO), Michael Burgess (TX), Jeff Duncan (SC), Glenn Grothman (WI), Andy Harris (MD), Thomas Massie (KY), Alex Mooney (WV), and Steven Palazzo (MS).