An estimated 100 members of Congress are expected to attend the funeral service Thursday in Largo, Florida for Congressman Bill Young.
He died last week at 82 with the distinction of being the longest serving Republican in Congress.
As a tribute, Congress is considering a bill to rename the Pinellas County Bay Pines VA Medical Center after Young.
On the Senate side, US Sen. Bill Nelson is sponsoring the legislation.
“Of course Bay Pines was something that he (Young) cared about,” Nelson said. “He cared about veterans. He cared about the veterans’ health care system. He was one of the premiere appropriators when it came with anything that had to do with military and veterans. And so, this is a very appropriate naming of a federal facility.”
Nelson expects the House to pass their bill this week adding that the Senate will take up the renaming measure next week.