In the last post, I said how rare it was for a bill to get bipartisan support. This is a good example. Even though Florida Senators Rubio and Scott pushed naming the federal courthouse in Tallahassee after Judge Hatchett, House Republicans shot it down. Hatchett was an unbelievable trailblazer: veteran, first black federal appellate judge in the South, 5th Circuit judge, 11th Circuit judge, Florida Supreme Court Justice, etc. I don't get it.
238-187-1: House defeated bill naming US Courthouse & Federal Bldg in Tallahassee, FL for Joseph Hatchett, 1st Black FL Supreme Ct justice & 1st Black man to serve on federal appeals ct in Deep South, appointed to 5th Circuit Ct of Appeals. Bill failed to get 2/3rds vote to pass. pic.twitter.com/0mRUBfKaN7— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) March 30, 2022
The U.S. House on Wednesday blocked consideration of a bill pushed by Sen. Marco Rubio that would rename the federal courthouse and federal building located in downtown Tallahassee after Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett. Hatchett, who died in 2021, was the first Black person appointed to the Florida Supreme Court and eventually became a federal appeals court judge.
Both Rubio and Florida Sen. Rick Scott backed the effort to rename the courthouse after Hatchett with Rubio saying back in December that “his story is worthy of commemoration.” But it took a two-thirds vote — a process setup for legislation considered uncontroversial — for the House to take up the Senate bill and the effort failed largely due to opposition from House Republicans.
Ten of the 16 Republicans from Florida voted against Rubio’s bill: Reps.. Dunn, who is from Panama City, Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds, Neil Dunn, Scott Franklin, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, John Rutherford and Greg Steube, who represents part of Tallahassee and in the most recent map vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis would have represented the entire city. Axios reported that Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) was “behind the defeat of the bill because Clyde said he ‘let it be known’ to colleagues that Hatchett authored a 1999 opinion banning prayer at public school graduations."