A dozen House Democrats are proposing a new name for the J. Edgar Hoover Building, because Hoover, the former director of the FBI, had a history of discrimination against gays and minorities.

Under a new bill from Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., the FBI's headquarters would simply be called the "Federal Bureau of Investigation Building."

"The civil rights we enjoy today are in spite of J. Edgar Hoover, not because of him," said Cohen. "Yet, his name adorns one of the most prominent buildings in our nation's capital and one that houses one of the agencies of government responsible for justice."

"Given his well-documented abuses and prejudices towards African-Americans, gays, and lesbians, I believe it is past time to remove his name from this place of honor," he said.

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Cohen pressed current FBI Director James Comey on Thursday about why Hoover's name should be removed.

"His efforts to silence Dr. King and out homosexuals working for the government were deplorable and a stain on our nation's history and on the FBI," Cohen argued.

The bill is cosponsored by 11 other House Democrats, including many in the Congressional Black Caucus.