WASHINGTON - The plan to rename 30th Street Station for former Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Bill Gray is heading to President Obama for his signature.
The Senate, in one of its final acts before a five-week recess, late Thursday approved a bill to rename the station "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station." The Senate approval, by unanimous consent, was confirmed by Senate Democrats' Twitter feed Thursday night, hours after the Senate had concluded its formal voting and left for its August break.
The plan would honor the late Democratic congressman, who represented Philadelphia from 1979 to 1991 and died in July 2013 at age 71. During his tenure in Congress, Gray secured millions of dollars to help renovate the iconic station and was the first African American to chair the House Budget Committee and the first to serve as majority whip, the third-ranking position in the House.