Senate Names Caucus Room After Kennedys

This just in from Patrick Kennedy's office:

“All of us in the Kennedy family are deeply touched by today’s action of the Senate naming the historic Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building for the three Kennedy brothers who meant so much to the Senate and to our country.  It’s a beautiful room and a beautiful tribute to President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and my father Edward Kennedy.

Both President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy had strong ties to the Caucus Room during their service in the Senate.  President Kennedy launched his campaign for the White House in that room on January 2, 1960, and Robert Kennedy did so in 1968.  Robert Kennedy also served as staff counsel for several years in the 1950s on Senate investigative committees and he participated actively in two of the most famous hearings held in the room, the Army-McCarthy hearings and the Labor Racketeering hearings.

I know my father would be especially pleased by this honor.  His Senate office for the past 22 years was directly across the hall from the Caucus Room, and he passed it each day on his way to work.  He treasured the extraordinary history of the room and would often regale us with stories of the hearings he chaired or the luncheons, receptions, dinners, and other significant events he attended there.  Now his name will be forever linked to his brothers in that amazing room.  We’re all very grateful that the Senate has chosen to honor Dad, President Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy in this special way.”


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