President Obama's Denali Renaming Gets Mixed Reactions in Congress

President Obama's renaming of the mountain "Denali" is getting mixed reaction.

Many lawmakers from McKinley’s home state of Ohio were furious with the announcement Sunday, while Alaskan legislators welcomed the decision, which reverts the mountain back to its original name before Congress changed it in 1917 to honor the assassinated president, William McKinley.

Boehner said in a written statement that he was "deeply disappointed" with the decision.

"There is a reason President McKinley’s name has served atop the highest peak in North America for more than 100 years, and that is because it is a testament to his great legacy," Boehner said.

Ohio lawmakers have long regarded the preservation of McKinley’s name as an important home state issue.

A spokesman for Ryan said he would not be weighing in on Sunday’s announcement.

"This announcement is about honoring the Athabascan people who call Alaska their home and its highest mountain, ‘Denali,’" Brown said in a statement. "President McKinley is a great Ohioan and streets and schools throughout the Midwest bear testimony to his legacy. I will continue to work with the Administration to ensure that future generations of Americans are aware of McKinley's legacy."

Just as the preservation of the name Mount McKinley is important to Ohio lawmakers, so too was its change to Alaskans, whose congressional delegation welcomed the news with unanimous excitement.

Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan tweeted similarly.

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