While former Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, intended to amend his bill honoring Army Capt. Humayun Khan with the renaming of a post office, the version that was signed by the president instead renames a contract postal unit. Now, Virginia’s U.S. senators are working to correct the issue.
HR 3184, signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 23, designates the McCormick Road site near the University of Virginia as the “Captain Humayun Khan Post Office,” honoring the only UVa graduate to be killed in action during the Iraq War.
A Garrett spokeswoman in November said an amendment had been submitted to instead rename the post office at 2150 Wise St., located in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. She also said the change “avoids any issues with renaming on a university property” that is also “not an official postal-operated facility.” The new location also would allow a plaque to be installed.
Garrett said by phone on Wednesday night that the bill was amended and passed out of committee. However, he said, floor staff members mistakenly put the original bill up for a vote by the full House of Representatives.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Wednesday that the change was not reflected in the version passed by the Senate and signed by Trump.
“Congress passed a bill that was signed into law to name the contract postal unit at UVa after Captain Khan,” Miryam Lipper said in an email. “Congress is now going to consider a legislative change to move that name to another larger location that is a full-sized post office. Details of that location are still in the works.”
A spokesman for Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-5th, said his office hadn’t heard anything about the post office, but he had learned a legislative fix was being crafted on the Senate side.
“This wasn’t an issue our office knew about until today,” communications director Joe Chelak wrote in an email Wednesday.
Garrett has said he will hold official ceremonies for both the Khan post office and the U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office in Palmyra.