House passes Welch Bill Naming Danville Post Office After Thaddeus Stevens
This afternoon, the House of Representatives approved legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Welch naming the postal facility at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont the Thaddeus Stevens Post Office. Stevens, was born in Danville, Vermont in 1792 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1849-1853 and 1859-1868 representing Pennsylvania. As a Member of the House, he was a leading opponent of slavery. H.R. 1865 passed the House by voice vote.
On August 2nd, 2013, the Senate approved an identical version (S. 885) of the bill sponsored by Senator Sanders and cosponsored by Senator Leahy. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. Watch Rep. Welch’s remarks from the House floor here:
“Mr. Speaker, I urge the passage of this bill to acknowledge Thaddeus Steven’s public service and
the steadfast dedication that his life represents to the equality of all our citizens, regardless of race.”