WASHINGTON — Fourteen years after his impeachment, former President Bill Clinton is about to get a big building named after him in Washington.
While partisan divides continued to prevent lawmakers from avoiding the “fiscal cliff” the country faces, the Senate and the House of Representatives voted unanimously this week to rename the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building.
After President Barack Obama signs the bill into law, the Clinton building at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. will stand one block from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, between the U.S. Capitol and the White House.
Clinton and Reagan are among a handful of presidents with major buildings or monuments bearing their names in the nation’s capital, which itself carries the name of the first president, George Washington.
“President Clinton not only protected the environment, which saved thousands of lives, he also maintained a strong economy and created jobs,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, the California Democrat who sponsored the measure honoring Clinton.
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