WASHINGTON, DC – A joint effort by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congressman John Boccieri (D-Alliance) is one step closer to reality today as their legislation to name Canton’s new federal building after former Congressman Ralph Regula passed the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“Too often elected officials go to Washington and forget who sent them there. Congressman Regula was not like that; his heart was in Ohio and that’s why the people of his district affectionately referred to him as Ralph,” said Boccieri. “The Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse will appropriately serve as a lasting tribute to a man who embodied service before self.”
Senator Brown first introduced this legislation in the Senate late last year. He reintroduced the legislation in January, and successfully passed it through committee and the full U.S. Senate. Boccieri introduced the House companion bill in March. Boccieri’s bill passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, on which the Congressman sits, and now will move to the House floor for a full vote.
“I’m pleased our legislation to honor Ralph Regula is one step closer to becoming law,” Brown said. “I was proud to pass this legislation in the Senate in January, and applaud Congressman Boccieri for his work in the House. Ralph was a great colleague and a tireless advocate for Ohio’s 16th District. It’s fitting that Canton’s new federal building be named in his honor.”
Boccieri added, “I applaud Senator Brown for recognizing a fine statesman like Ralph Regula and look forward to working together to honor Ralph’s work and his commitment to Ohio.”
The Brown-Boccieri legislation will name the new federal building at the corner of McKinley Avenue and Third Street Southwest the “Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.”
The Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse will house the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and clerk’s office, the U.S. Trustee program, U.S. Marshal’s service, Social Security Administration, and Internal Revenue Service. Regula worked for many years with the U.S. General Services Administration on behalf of the project for downtown Canton. The GSA will lease the building for 20 years.
The bill has nine cosponsors, all from the Ohio delegation, including Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan, Zach Space, Charlie Wilson, Steve LaTourette, Steve Austria, Jim Jordan, Robert Latta, and Jean Schmidt. Senator George Voinovich co-sponsored the Senate version of this bill.
Once the bill passes a full House vote, it will be sent back to the Senate before it can be signed into law.
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