ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Legislation naming the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” passed the U.S. House Tuesday, and is expected to be headed for the president’s desk by the end of the week.
The bill was approved in the U.S. House by a vote of 395-2.
Congressman Lacy Clay, Democrat from Missouri, co-sponsored the bill and praised the display of bipartisan support.
In his remarks on the House floor, Mr. Clay said, “As the U.S. Representative who has the honor of representing the St. Louis Cardinals, it is a special privilege for me to speak about Stan Musial from the perspective of a Member of Congress, and also from the memory of a young boy at old Sportsman’s Park with my Dad, former Congressman Bill Clay, as we watched Stan play near the end of his remarkable career.”
The congressman also noted, in a release, Musial’s courage in opposition to discrimination and racial intolerance.
“In his own quiet way, Stan Musial was also on the vanguard of fighting discrimination and changing America,” Clay said. “When some white players on the St. Louis Cardinals threatened to boycott the game if they were forced to play with blacks, Musial stood tall for justice and stopped the boycott before it started. When Stan died, stories from those difficult days were told with great reverence and respect.”
Earlier this year, Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to name the bridge.
“This effort has always been about honoring a St. Louis hero, and I’m thrilled we’re on the cusp of doing just that,” McCaskill said. “But I won’t stop until the job is done—and that’s something I expect to happen very soon.”
The legislation now must be approved in the Senate, due to the addition of “Veterans” in the title, an action that is expected to occur within the next several days. Following that, it will head to President Obama’s desk for his signature.