Senate names room for fallen Kennedy brothers
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.