Sen. Dan Inouye and some of his colleagues want to honor the late Sen. Ted Stevens by naming a Navy warship after him.
Inouye and Stevens were longtime allies despite the fact that Inouye’s a Democrat and Stevens was a Republican. They were brought together by their geographical separation from the continental U.S. — Stevens represented Alaska.
Stevens’ legacy has already been memorialized through having a mountain named after him in his home state of Alaska, as well as the now-annual Ted Stevens Day. But several senators on Thursday said it would be particularly fitting for a warship to be named for Stevens, given his strong support for the military and service men and women during his 40 years in the Senate.
Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a longtime friend of Stevens’, said it would be a “small but well-deserved honor” for someone who did so much to support the Navy.
Stevens died two years ago in a plane crash.
(Hat-tip to the Alaska Dispatch)
UPDATE: Inouye’s office provided a statement on the Stevens Amendment. Read it in full here.
— Michael Levine
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