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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The House of Representatives is talking about dedicating a room in the Capitol building to January 8 victim Gabe Zimmerman.
Discussion on honoring the late Giffords staffer comes nearly a year after the tragedy.
Ever since that deadly shooting here at the Safeway on Ina and Oracle.
People in Tucson as well as the rest of the country have been finding ways to honor the victims and survivors.
But a measure to pay tribute to Gabe Zimmerman stalled with partisan politics to blame.
The House is considering a resolution to name a meeting room in the Capitol complex after Gabe Zimmerman.
The 30-year-old Giffords staffer was shot and killed January 8.
"As we honor Gabe we honor those staff people who work for us that will sometimes make us look better than we are," said Representative Raul Grijalva.
"Many are young in their 20s and 30s with an energy and passion for public service," said Representative Steny Hoyer.
The measure, introduced by a democrat, must only pass through the house, with a vote expected Thursday.
It took months to get to this point, with Speaker John Boehner claiming he had other plans for a Zimmerman memorial, but never announcing them.
Now, for the first time, he is publicly supporting dedicating the meeting room.
"I think he ought to back off on a whole lot of other things and start putting the country first rather than party,"
Wednesday, shoppers at the Safeway, the site of the shooting, said it's about time Congress takes action.
"That's the way I feel about everything in Washington right now, nothing gets done," said a shopper.
"It obviously should have been done a long time ago and of course they can't get anything else done either," said another shopper.
Zimmerman's brother Ben is speaking out on behalf of the family saying, "This is a wonderful way to memorialize my brother, Gabe. We deeply appreciate this show of support by the House of Representatives."
More than 400 members of the house have signed on to co-sponsor the resolution, which was introduced back in July.
Last month Gabby Gifford's husband Mark Kelly even hand delivered a letter from the Zimmerman family to Speaker Boehner encouraging him to forward the resolution.