Congress will be looking this coming week at completing the unfinished Eisenhower Memorial. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, March 19 on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act (H.R. 1126). Check into the hearing at http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=323454.
The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building and is open to the public and can be watched online. The witness list hadn't been finalized at the close of last week.
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), who chairs the subcommittee, introduced the bill with two cosponsors. You can read the legislation at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.1126:.
Construction of the monument south of the National Mall in Washington, DC has gotten bogged down because of controversy over its design. Members of Eisenhower's family objected to the plan. See stories linked to below for details.
The monument has been in the planning stages since 1999.
Bishop's legislation would sponsor a new design competition. It would also extend by three years the time allowed to build the memorial, which was supposed to be completed this year. Read about it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.1126:.