After Reluctance, House to Vote on Naming Room in Honor of Murdered Giffords Aide

May 17, 2011: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is seen at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

May 17, 2011: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is seen at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.  (AP2011)

After much consternation, the House will consider a measure to name a room in the Capitol Visitor's Center in honor of the congressional aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords killed in a January shooting rampage that gravely wounded the congresswoman and two other staffers.

Zimmerman is the only congressional aide to ever die in the line of duty.

The vote on the "Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room" will take place on Wednesday. 

The CVC is attached underground to the Capitol. HVC 215, the room to be named after Zimmerman, is the place where House Democrats often hold their caucus meetings.

There was some resistance to naming a room in the Capitol after Zimmerman, mainly from Republicans who had pledged at the beginning of this year to limit "honorary" resolutions. 

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., attempted to name the room after Zimmerman via an amendment she offered to the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, but it was ruled out of order by the House Rules Committee.

Alternatively, Republicans proposed an architectural rendering in the Longworth House Office Building to honor Zimmerman. But many continued to push for the naming of a room. 

They indicated that a room with a name falls into the vernacular of Capitol Hill. For instance, many events are held on the Senate side of the Capitol in the "Mansfield Room," named after late-Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Mont. But people often call the room "Mansfield" when mentioning they are attending an event there. 

One aide argued that naming a room after someone significantly honors the deceased because the room's name is said so often.

Few rooms in the Capitol Complex are named after people. There's the Lindy Boggs Room, named after former Rep. Lindy Boggs, D-La., mother of journalist Cokie Roberts. 

There's also the LBJ Room, named after President Lyndon B. Johnson. That particular room is named after Johnson because he used that suite when he was Senate majority leader. 

A conference room in the Capitol is named after the late-Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill.

The House will need a two-thirds vote to pass the resolution.

"It is fitting and appropriate to have a permanent memorial in the Capitol for the first House staffer to die in the line of duty. I am pleased that we have been able to work with Mr. Zimmerman's family, Rep. Giffords, and her staff to make this possible," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.