Bipartisan Push to Honor Benjamin Franklin with a Statue at U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-06) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) have introduced legislation to honor one of America’s most influential founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. The proposed Benjamin Franklin Statue Placement Act seeks to place a statue of the iconic statesman along the U.S. Capitol Tour route.

The bill aims to recognize Franklin’s immeasurable impact on the nation’s founding and reflects a shared goal to have the statue in place before 2026 – the 250th anniversary of the country’s inception. It’s a move that’s already garnering broad support, with 22 evenly divided bipartisan colleagues backing the legislation at the time of introduction.

Houlahan highlighted Pennsylvania’s crucial role in shaping the nation’s history and expressed pride in representing a state that birthed such a pivotal figure. “Bringing a statue of Benjamin Franklin, a prominent Pennsylvanian and important founding father, to the U.S. Capitol will help to reflect this legacy,” she said.

Echoing Houlahan’s sentiments, Fitzpatrick emphasized Franklin’s paramount importance to both Philadelphia and the nation at large. “I am proud to join my fellow Pennsylvanian, Rep. Houlahan, on this bipartisan effort to ensure that Dr. Franklin has a prominent place of honor in the United States Capitol.”

The bill’s co-sponsors include a diverse group of legislators from across the political spectrum and the country, showing that honoring Benjamin Franklin is a cause that resonates beyond party lines and geographic boundaries.

As the nation prepares to celebrate its 250th birthday, this proposed tribute to one of its most influential figures serves as a reminder of the ideals and vision that helped shape the United States. Amidst the often fractious world of politics, perhaps the image of Benjamin Franklin in the heart of the U.S. Capitol can serve as a symbol of unity and shared respect for the country’s roots.

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