There has been some speculation that the lag time between introduction and floor consideration was because of the GOP leadership’s interest in trying to hammer out its own memorial to Zimmerman. But those plans appear to have been abandoned in favor of fast-tracking the Wasserman Schultz resolution.
“I think it is fitting and appropriate to honor Gabe Zimmerman with a permanent memorial in the United States Capitol,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday. “Let us honor Gabe’s memory in this institution.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.