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11/04/2015 06:55 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2015

Congress Will Honor Dick Cheney With A Statue In The U.S. Capitol

As Vice President, Cheney served as president of the Senate.

WASHINGTON -- Starting in December, the likeness of former Vice President Dick Cheney will grace the U.S. Capitol, in accordance with a Senate tradition honoring former vice presidents.

The Huffington Post was tipped off by a Senate resolution "authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the marble bust of Vice President Richard Cheney on December 3, 2015."

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (L) speaks as former Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) looks on at the U.S. Capitol, April 24, 2007 in
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney (L) speaks as former Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) looks on at the U.S. Capitol, April 24, 2007 in Washington DC.

The resolution, not yet officially introduced, was confirmed by the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday.

Cheney, vice president during George W. Bush's two terms, left office in 2009 with a 13 percent approval rating. As part of the vice presidency, Cheney served as president of the Senate, and it's traditional for the Senate to honor former vice presidents with busts of them in the Capitol. In 1898, the Senate passed a resolution establishing the practice.

Marble busts of those who have been Vice Presidents of the United States shall be placed in the Senate wing of the Capitol from time to time, [and] that the Architect of the Capitol is authorized, subject to the advice and approval of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, to carry into execution the object of this resolution.

Former President George H. Bush, who served as vice president under former President Ronald Reagan, unveils a bust of hi
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Former President George H. Bush, who served as vice president under former President Ronald Reagan, unveils a bust of himself during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Thursday, June 27, 1991 in Washington.

UPDATE: Oct. 5 -- The Senate on Thursday approved the resolution to hold the ceremony unveiling Cheney's bust. 

Eliot Nelson contributed reporting.

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