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Budget would further delay plagued Eisenhower Memorial project

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The controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial may get delayed further by act of Congress. Hidden away in the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (H.J. Res 59), which the House passed in a rare moment of bipartisanship, lies a provision suspending work on the controversial memorial.

The House passed the resolution and sent it to the Senate on Thursday, Dec. 13. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Senate scheduled debate on the measure for a session on Sunday, Dec. 15.

A act of Congress 14 years ago called for building a memorial to the World War II general and subsequent two-term president. The memorial was supposed to be built south of the National Mall in front of the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, DC. But the project has been subject to a series of delays as objections from the Eisenhower family and others caught the attention of influential members of Congress.

For background, see the stories linked to below.

The budget would suspend the actions of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission through next September unless another bill authorizing it is enacted.

It also would suspend funding for certain activities regarding design and construction of the controversial memorial.

You can read a summary of it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:6:./temp/~bdMlCs:@@@D&summ2=m&|/home/LegislativeData.php|.

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