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house Bill H.R. 269

Banning Members of Congress from Naming Public Buildings After Themselves

Argument in favor

Members of Congress who pass legislation and use tax dollars to name projects after themselves are shameless at best — unethical at worst. This unbelievably vain practice needs to end.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/13/2015
They should only have a structure named after themselves if they provide a marginal percentage of the funding of that structure.
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CPMonroe's Opinion
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11/24/2015
Really? We're wasting political capital on things like this. Having a building named *after* you used to be (& should be) a honorific, a reward or means of praising someone for doing something extraordinary, for many generations of people. For Congress, simply funding a bill does not qualify -- that's doing their job. More recently, having a building named *for* you became much more prolific, something you could purchase like Trump Towers, Hilton Hotels or your local sports arena or shopping mall. If a Congress-person will pay for all of it themselves (e.g. with their own or their family's money & not using any public funds), yeah, sure, let them satisfy their ego the way other business men & business women do -- buy, take-over or build a building & then (re)name it.
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Alis's Opinion
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11/13/2015
It is NOT in anyone's interest to spend tax dollars stoking the egos of people (usually old white guys) who already think of themselves as the center of the universe & king of all they survey! Name buildings after remarkable women or civil rights workers or veterans. There are a gazillion Americans who are remarkable--ALMOST NONE OF WHOM EVER SERVED IN THE US CONGRESS! This means you!!
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Argument opposed

Buildings and monuments need to be named after somebody, right? It may be a little self-aggrandizing, but it at least recognizes the member of Congress who worked to get the project funded.

Thomas's Opinion
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05/28/2015
Incentive to burn them down if named after the prima donnas.
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Jacob's Opinion
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06/09/2016
Unless it costs taxpayer dollars, the I could care less who they name stuff after.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/13/2015
Although it's a little self-centered, these congresspeople were involved in the naming, and therefore should get to name it what they want.
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    They should only have a structure named after themselves if they provide a marginal percentage of the funding of that structure.
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    Incentive to burn them down if named after the prima donnas.
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    Really? We're wasting political capital on things like this. Having a building named *after* you used to be (& should be) a honorific, a reward or means of praising someone for doing something extraordinary, for many generations of people. For Congress, simply funding a bill does not qualify -- that's doing their job. More recently, having a building named *for* you became much more prolific, something you could purchase like Trump Towers, Hilton Hotels or your local sports arena or shopping mall. If a Congress-person will pay for all of it themselves (e.g. with their own or their family's money & not using any public funds), yeah, sure, let them satisfy their ego the way other business men & business women do -- buy, take-over or build a building & then (re)name it.
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    It is NOT in anyone's interest to spend tax dollars stoking the egos of people (usually old white guys) who already think of themselves as the center of the universe & king of all they survey! Name buildings after remarkable women or civil rights workers or veterans. There are a gazillion Americans who are remarkable--ALMOST NONE OF WHOM EVER SERVED IN THE US CONGRESS! This means you!!
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    The headline is misleading. A "Yea" vote supports preventing them from naming after themselves.
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    They need to be named anyway.
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    It's pretty egotistical for a member of congress to name anything of this sort after themselves. Banning it will take a little of the ego out of congress and keep them focused on their job: being the representatives we elect to pursue our interests in Washington. Rather than looking for new buildings to slap their name on to in order to feel good about themselves.
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    Why feed their egos?
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    Unless it costs taxpayer dollars, the I could care less who they name stuff after.
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    Although it's a little self-centered, these congresspeople were involved in the naming, and therefore should get to name it what they want.
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    Name ot whatever you want so what. Good for you. I want a building named after me one day too.
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    You deserve a building named after you if a group of people decide that, not just 1 person
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    Their egos don't need this too.
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    If they did something outstanding and no longer are serving in Congress, then it may be appropriate to have a building named after you. But to name it after yourself in the first place is kind of absurd...
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    Let their actions be the leading cause for a monument being named after them.
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    If it's not their money it shouldn't be in their name
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    Only if they are dead or if they are in jail and want the jail named for them
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    Humility. A person is made great when people appreciate his/her work and contributions to society. As far as I'm concerned, not many congressmen and congresswomen have earned that.
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    My vote is neither but this is the opinion of myself Anyone who has been great should be honored but the current president I'm sorry but he wants to be one side of the country! I'm against anything after him oh wait can Obamacare count?
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    This is America.
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