ABC News' Amy Bingham reports:
Despite financial Armageddon looming 4 days away with no viable deal yet reached to raise the debt ceiling, the House took up the pressing business of renaming post offices this evening.
The eight post office naming bills are coming to the House floor tonight just two days after the U.S. Postal Service announced its plans to close nearly 3,700 post offices this year in order to deal with its $8.3 billion budget deficit.
The first naming bill debated was for a post office in Peoria, Illinois, a state which may lose more than 100 post offices within the year. The bill would name a postal building after Charles “Chip” Lawrence Chan, who worked in the World Trade Center and was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
Another bill was to name a post office in Pasadena, California the “First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office Building," in honor of a decorated African American air force pilot. Goodall “challenged the segregation of the officers club” and was arrested for it, said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
“This is a worthy man to honor. He had a life that served many people,” Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., said on the House floor.
Because a quorum was not present, none of the bills were passed.
So far this year, almost 50 bills to rename post offices have been introduced. Three of those bills have made it to the president’s desk, representing a full 13 percent of all legislation signed by President Obama this year.
Throughout the previous legislative session, the 111 th Congress introduced 427 bills to name post offices and passed more than 70 of them.