The Senate approved construction of a memorial honoring the Peace Corps. On Sunday, December 30, it approved by unanimous consent S. 1421, which would authorize the Peace Corps Memorial Foundation to build a commemorative work on an unspecified piece of federal land in or near the District of Columbia.
The foundation would have to raise non-federal funds for the project. Any excess funds would go to the National Park Foundation.
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Before the monument is approved, the House will have to pass the bill before Thursday, Jan. 3. The last day of the current Congress is Wednesday, Jan. 2 and if the bill is not approved by then, the legislative process must start over.
A related bill, H.R. 854, has been pending before the House Budget Committee and the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks Forests & Public Lands since March. The subcommittee conducted a hearing on it in October but has taken no further action.