WASHINGTON (KMOX) — An effort by Missouri and Illinois Senators to name the New Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial has paid off. The legislation unanimously passed the United States Senate late last night.

“I’m thrilled to see the ‘Stan Span’ so close to becoming a reality, and urge my colleagues in the U.S. House to quickly approve this tribute,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “There’s nobody I’d rather see welcoming folks into St. Louis than our hometown hero, Stan Musial.”

“Naming the I-70 Bridge after Cardinals legend, Stan Musial, would be a fitting honor to a great American hero and the values he stood for,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “I am proud to have worked with Senators McCaskill, Blunt and Kirk on this bipartisan legislation as a tribute to one of our best.”

“I’m pleased my Senate colleagues unanimously passed this bill to honor Missourian and baseball legend Stan Musial,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “Stan was a true hero to so many Americans, both on and off the field. This is a great way for us remember his legacy for years to come.”

“I am pleased that the Senate moved quickly to pass legislation naming the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River after baseball legend, Navy veteran, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Stan Musial,” said U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. “Stan Musial gave his all to the St. Louis and Metro East region and this is just one small way we can honor that legacy.”

The legislation now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

Last month, all four Senators teamed-up to introduce the legislation—ensuring quick passage through the committee process and expedited consideration on the Senate floor.

In 2010, a bi-state Congressional delegation encouraged President Obama to consider Musial for the Presidential Medal of Freedom—an honor he received on February 15, 2011.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those who have made an “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The award was first given by President Harry S. Truman in 1945 to honor civilian service and was revived in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy.


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