Updated Apr 5, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Democrats introduce bill to rename Miami prison after Trump

Former President Donald Trump, wearing a blue suit, white shirt and red tie, on an airport tarmac.

Former President Trump in Miami on June 13, 2023. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A group of House Democrats on Friday introduced legislation on Friday to rename a federal prison in Miami after former President Trump.

Why it matters: It's a response to a bill proposed by several House Republicans to rename Dulles Airport in D.C. after the ex-president and presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Driving the news: The two-page measure would redesignate the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in Florida as the "Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution."

  • It is being introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who represents a district that Dulles Airport falls within; Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), who represents part of Greater Miami; and John Garamendi (D-Calif.).

Between the lines: The bill is a pithy way of drawing attention to the 91 state and federal criminal charges Trump is facing across four cases.

  • One of those cases is in Florida, related to the former president's handling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
  • The bill also comes as the 118th Congress has passed very little actual legislation beyond must-pass government funding bills.

What they're saying: "When our Republican colleagues introduced their bill to rename Dulles after Donald Trump, I said the more fitting option would be to rename a federal prison," Connolly said in a statement.

  • "I see no reason to wait. ... I hope our Republican friends will join us in bestowing upon Donald J. Trump the only honor he truly deserves."
  • Moskowitz said in a statement, "Everyone knows President Trump loves to write his name in gold letters on all his buildings, but he's never had his name on a federal building before, and as a public servant, I just want to help the former president. Help us make that dream a reality."

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that it is Dulles Airport, not Reagan Airport, that a House Republican bill seeks to rename after Trump.

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