Who says Congress can’t work together in bipartisan fashion? It’s hard to imagine any dissent when the House votes Tuesday on naming the downtown post office after Merle Haggard, the late country music legend.
HR 1988 would "designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the 'Merle Haggard Post Office Building.'"
The bill's sponsor is, of course, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield.
Haggard, born in Bakersfield in 1937, died on April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday. The prolific hall-of-fame performer and noted songwriter had 38 No. 1 hits on the U.S. country charts from 1965 through the 1980s.
Add another number to his resume: 93301.
He joins fellow Bakersfield Sound icon Buck Owens in the exclusive club of country artists with post offices named for them.
On Aug. 12, 2008, also courtesy of McCarthy, the Minner Avenue Post Office -- the home of 93308 -- officially became the Buck Owens Post Office. Owens died in 2006.
Haggard could lay claim to 93308 as well, having been raised in Oildale, but the Buck Owens Post Office -- just off North Chester Avenue and south of Norris Road -- is literally around the corner from what was once Buck Owens Studios.
The downtown post office, meanwhile, is just a few hundred yards from the Fox Theater, where Haggard performed regularly, so it's all good.