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Authorization could be renewed for John Adams Memorial

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Does John Adams deserve his own memorial in Washington, DC just like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? Legislation authorizing a memorial to him in or near the nation's capital was signed in 2001 but it expired in 2013. Now a new bill in Congress would reopen the authorization for an Adams Memorial and give it until 2020.

The bill became available online on Wednesday, Dec. 25. You can view it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.3802:.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced the bill, H.R. 3802. Eight other representatives cosponsored it. The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.

The original legislation gave the Adams Memorial Foundation the authority to raise money for a tribute to our second president. It would have to raise money privately.

For information on the foundation, see http://adamsmemorial.org/.

It is still trying to raise funds. No design or location for the memorial has yet been established either.

A memorial may also pay tribute to other members of his family, including his influential wife, first lady Abigail Adams; and his son, President John Quincy Adams.

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