5:50 PM EST

Carolyn Maloney, D-NY 14th

Mrs. MALONEY. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I am pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of H.R. 4389, which was introduced by my good friend and colleague to whom I now yield such time as he may consume, the gentleman from the great State of California, Representative Jim Costa.

5:50 PM EST

Kevin Brady, R-TX 8th

Mr. BRADY of Texas. Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the subject of the bill under consideration.

5:50 PM EST

Blake Randolph Farenthold, R-TX 27th

Mr. FARENTHOLD. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 3869, introduced by the gentleman from Arkansas (Mr. Griffin), would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the Sidney ``Sid'' Sanders McMath Post Office Building. The bill was introduced on February 1 and was reported from the Government Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7.

Mr. Speaker, Sid McMath was a prosecuting attorney, a decorated United States Marine officer, and the 34th Governor of the great State of Arkansas. As a Marine officer, he received the Legion of Merit Silver Star for his heroic leadership during World War II. As Governor, McMath championed several infrastructure improvements to benefit his State. This included the paving of primary roads and expanding rural electrification.

McMath unfortunately died in his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday, October 4, 2003. He was given a full military funeral by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. McMath is a very worthy designee of this postal facility naming, and I urge all Members to join me in support of this bill.

With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

5:54 PM EST

Blake Randolph Farenthold, R-TX 27th

Mr. FARENTHOLD. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 3869, introduced by the gentleman from Arkansas (Mr. Griffin), would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the Sidney ``Sid'' Sanders McMath Post Office Building. The bill was introduced on February 1 and was reported from the Government Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7.

Mr. Speaker, Sid McMath was a prosecuting attorney, a decorated United States Marine officer, and the 34th Governor of the great State of Arkansas. As a Marine officer, he received the Legion of Merit Silver Star for his heroic leadership during World War II. As Governor, McMath championed several infrastructure improvements to benefit his State. This included the paving of primary roads and expanding rural electrification.

McMath unfortunately died in his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday, October 4, 2003. He was given a full military funeral by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. McMath is a very worthy designee of this postal facility naming, and I urge all Members to join me in support of this bill.

With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

5:54 PM EST

Tim Griffin, R-AR 2nd

Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3869. This bill would designate the facility of the United States Post Office located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock as the Sidney ``Sid'' Sanders McMath Post Office Building.

Sid McMath is one of Arkansas's finest sons, and he dedicated his life to serving Arkansas and our country. He was the 34th Governor of Arkansas and served as a U.S. Marine in World War II. He received the Silver Star for his valor during the Battle of Piva Forks.

Sid McMath was born in Columbia County, Arkansas, on June 14, 1912. In high school, he was a skilled boxer and won the State Golden Gloves title. He worked his way through college at the University of Arkansas by waiting tables, washing dishes, and fighting in exhibition boxing matches. After college, he served as a United States Marine during World War II where he distinguished himself in combat and earned the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.

In 1948, Sid McMath was elected as the 34th Governor of Arkansas, serving from 1949 to 1953. As Governor, he was a staunch advocate for civil rights, fighting to uphold voting rights for all Americans and working to abolish the poll tax.

After serving as Governor, he continued his service to his Nation as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of major general. In 1967, he founded the Marine Corps Junior ROTC at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock. Many of the cadets known as ``Sid's Kids'' have followed his example by serving our country.

Governor McMath passed away in 2003 at the age of 91 in Little Rock. His autobiography, ``Promises Kept,'' was posthumously awarded the Arkansas Historical Association's highest accolade, the John G. Ragsdale Prize.

Today we honor Sid McMath's dedication and service to his State and Nation by installing a permanent marker of his contribution to Arkansas and America. His example is one all Americans and Arkansans can admire, and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to honor his legacy.