There is a move in Congress to rename the VA Hospital in Augusta after Charlie Norwood. Rumor has it that all members of the Georgia Delegation, Republican and Democrat, have embraced the plan, except Jim Marshall, who is determined to kill the measure.
There are current 80 House sponsors for the legislation, but if you check the House version of the bill, H. R. 1808, you will not find Jim Marshall’s name on it. Every other member of the Georgia delegation, regardless of party, is a sponsor. Despite Charlie Norwood being a decorated veteran, doctor, and congresman, Marshall reportedly does not think Norwood a sufficiently worthy to have something named after him.
[UPDATE:] Good Lord! Rural Dem, in the comments, seems to think I’m doing an intentional hit job on Marshall in light of the Goddard announcement being so recent. Actually no. As Toddrob accurately points out,
The House Government Reform Committee has a policy that a naming bill will not be approved unless and until all Members from the state where the building is located have signed on as sponsors of the bill. Marshall must be a cosponsor.
Marshall has declined to sponsor. This is news.