Senate names room for fallen Kennedy brothers

September 14, 2009

The Kennedy family is the only one to send three brothers to the U.S. Senate, and the fallen trio now has one of the most historic rooms on Capitol Hill named in their honor.

Without dissent, the Senate approved a resolution on Monday to rename the Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building “The Kennedy Caucus Room.”

Measuring 74 feet by 54 feet, the Russell Room is one of the oldest and largest Senate assembly rooms outside the U.S. Capitol. Featuring three chandeliers, it has hosted hearings on the sinking of the Titanic cruise ship (1912), the Watergate scandal (1973), and the explosive confirmation hearings for then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas that involved charges of sexual harassment (1991).

Edward Kennedy, one of the most effective U.S. lawmakers ever, died of cancer last month following nearly a half century in the Senate. In 1962, he was elected to the Senate seat earlier held by his older brother, President John Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

Five years later, Robert Kennedy — elected to the Senate after serving as President Kennedy’s U.S. attorney general — was assassinated during his own run for the White House.

Earlier this year, in the same room, the Senate health committee, which Edward Kennedy had chaired, approved a bill that became an initial marker in the mushrooming battle to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.

“May the Kennedy Caucus Room stand as a monument to three brothers who devoted their considerable talent and energy to serving the country that they loved, and that loved them back,” said Senator Chris Dodd, a chief sponsor of the resolution.


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I know we have to respect the dead, but having Chris Dodd as the chief sponsor is a automatic reason for some of us to perhaps reflect on some of the less favorable aspects that are associated to some of the escapades of these three men.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

brian, you little troll, if you are going to call for respect for the dead, don’t follow it up with a disrespectful jab at “the less favorable aspects that are associated to some of the escapades of these three men.”

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Brian. Camelot wasn’t such a great place now that we know their escapades. But that’s what it takes to get a room named after you in the United States Senate.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Do you think it’s fair to judge an entire (or abbreviated) lifetime of contributions by the worst thing a person did?

Posted by ed | Report as abusive

Brian, remember that “touch of class” we talked about………………?

By the way I have a friend in Ghana right now working for the Peace Corps. He’s helping to build sustainable farming methods. He would not be there and in fact the Peace Corps would not exist if not for President Kennedy.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

ed. Yes, it is fair. BTW, Eric. Tell me all about Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs and his increased involvement in Vietnam. Think of the hundreds of thousands of lives wasted in that conflict. Yes, I did say hundreds of thousands of wasted lives in that democrat conflict.

One right doesn’t correct a thousand wrongs, both public and personal. People who were not involved in government died because of the Kennedy’s. So, it is convenient to ignore that because of the good they did….sure…that’s objective thinking…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

So TC are the lives being lost in Iraq and Afghanistan wasted? Is that the neocon thinking now that a Dem is in charge? 24 hours ago you were saying that we had all these valid reasons for invading Iraq. So what is it? Are you anti war only if the Dems lead the way? So you would have been against the Korean War, WWII and WWI as well? Truman, FDR and Wilson were all Dems. What does that leave us…. Bosnia? No that was Clinton. The first Gulf War? OK now we’re talking republican wars! So the Gulf War and what ever it was that Reagan send troops to Granada for, these are only two conflicts in the last sixty years that you approve of?

Let’s make this interesting, you make me a list things that you think the Kennedy’s did wrong and I’ll make one of things they did right and we’ll see which list has had the most impact.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

eric h ,my Dad went to war when he was 17,that was when war was declared,he was in the D day retreat.He had a weapon belt that was covered by the badges of his friends that were killed in his regiment ,22 survived out of 1000.After the war he refused ever to talk about it,he said”anyone who tries to glorify war were never there.But he told me about a guy called Joe Kennedy who while ambassador to britain intentionally kept America out of the war because of his allegiance to Southern Ireland.My dad never forgive him for that,and it has been suggested that the “Kennedy curse”was retribution for what Joe Kennedy did in his life.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Eric and Brian. Once again, a person with a conservative viewpoint can’t get half of his posts published on this news feed. I notice not one liberal minded person complain of the same thing happening to him or her.

I gave a response to you Eric. I will only go so far to restate right now, due to time constraints, that you are being ridiculous. With the acception of Vietnam, I supported nearly every other war you mentioned. I am more about freedom and safety, than democrat/republican minded when it comes to just wars.

Hopefully, this post will make it so you can view it. This news site can be very frustrating in their liberal bias.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

I know how you feel TC it is frustrating ,it would at least give Reuters a chance to revive some credit. If Eric or getplaning would at least verify that they have the same problem,or that they accept that we at times cannot reply to there postings! Truthfully i have at least twice decided to stop the posting with Reuters but decided to carry on because our take on things should be out there ,plus i like the debate between me and Eric and Getplaning etc hopefully Reuters will oblige to encourage people like us who spend considerable time contributing.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive