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August 28, 2015

Ike Memorial Gets Another Critic

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Sensenbrenner slammed the panel planning a memorial to Ike. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As appropriators get down to business on fiscal 2016 spending, one House Republican is asking key players in the deal-making process not to compromise on their proposal to strip funding for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., criticized the commission’s approach to planning a memorial park on a four-acre site in Southwest Washington, D.C., as “deeply flawed and highly contentious,” in a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., and ranking member Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y. Full story

July 24, 2015

Ike Memorial Panel Adds Ex-NRA Leader

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission is bringing out the big guns.

Former National Rifle Association President David Keene has joined the commission’s advisory committee, expanding the ranks of a panel that now includes more than 25 prominent individuals, including broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw. Full story

July 22, 2015

Tom Brokaw Joins Ike Memorial Board

heater in the the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, May, 19, 2014. Blakey jumped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Brokaw helped make the WWII Memorial a reality. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The group planning a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced Wednesday that NBC News’ Tom Brokaw has joined its advisory committee.

Noting that Brokaw’s 1998 best-selling book, “The Greatest Generation,” made him an expert in, and advocate for, the young American soldiers who served under Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission welcomed his support. Headed by Frank Fahrenkopf, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Gen. Paul X. Kelley, the former commandant of the Marine Corps, the advisory committee is working to get the controversial memorial built. Full story

July 15, 2015

Taiwan Likes Ike, but Congress Withholds Memorial Support

Eisenhower Memorial

Appeasing the Eisenhower family is all Roberts cares about right now. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Taiwan is pledging $1 million toward construction of a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, a project that hasn’t received any construction funds from Congress since fiscal 2012.

Sen. Pat Roberts confirmed the gift Tuesday, boosting the project less than a week after architect Frank Gehry’s design secured final approval from federal planners. But the Kansas Republican, who serves as chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, also acknowledged significant hurdles to putting shovels to dirt. Full story

July 9, 2015

FWIW, Ike Memorial Clears Planning Commission

UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in Cannon Building with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband Mark Kelly, at right, to introduce legislation that would expand background checks on firearms, March 4, 2015. The bill would expand existing requirements on sales that include transactions that transpire through the internet, gun shows, and classified ads. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Thompson, vice chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, says it’s time to set squabbling aside. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Capital Planning Commission gave final design approval, 9-1, Thursday to architect Frank Gehry’s plan for a memorial park to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower, over vocal objections of longtime design critics and concerns from some members of Congress — including House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, whose representative cast the lone “no” vote.

“I don’t know that deferring action on this really gains anyone anything,” said Commissioner Beth White, a presidential appointee to the federal panel who has expressed concern about the scale of the project. Gehry’s memorial park would cover a 4-acre site situated between the National Air and Space Museum and the Department of Education in Southwest D.C. Full story

June 24, 2015

Frank Gehry’s Ike Memorial Plan Adds to Interior Spending Discord

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, leaves a meeting of House republicans, June 11, 2014, the day House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced he will be stepping down from the position effective July 31st. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Simpson said Eisenhower family doesn’t have to have “veto power” on memorial design “but they can’t oppose it.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over.

“There’s been some real conflict between the staff, the Eisenhower family and, to some degree, Congress,” said Simpson, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee panel that is urging a “reset” on memorial plans. Full story

June 17, 2015

House Appropriators Call for ‘Reset’ on Eisenhower Memorial Plans

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Dwight D. Eisenhower once declared that, “in preparing for battle, plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Posing the biggest threat yet to architect Frank Gehry’s plans for a memorial to to the 34th president, five-star general and supreme allied commander, the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill, 30-21, that would cut all funding for the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and advanced non-binding language calling for a “reset” on the project, which has not received any construction funds from Congress since fiscal 2012. Full story

June 12, 2015

It’s Time for the Circulator — on the National Mall

D.C. officials launch a new Circulator route. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Officials launch a new D.C. Circulator route Friday. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

As the sun beat down on the National Mall late Friday morning, District of Columbia officials cut a ribbon in front of a bus parked by the Lincoln Memorial, launching the sixth DC Circulator bus route.

DC Circulator has operated bus routes around the District for the past 10 years, providing $1 rides to residents and visitors. The new route along the National Mall, which originates at Union Station, begins Sunday with 15 stops at the various monuments and museums, with a final stop at the West Front of the Capitol. Full story

April 29, 2015

Pat Roberts: ‘Nothing Less Than Full Victory’ on Ike Memorial

Roberts, left, was elected chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roberts, left, praised the Kansas elements of the controversial plan for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The senator who made headlines for quoting a Disney movie earlier this month adopted on Wednesday the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on Wednesday, declaring he would “accept nothing less than full victory” in the long slog to build a memorial to the 34th president. Full story

For Eisenhower Memorial, It’s 16 Years and Counting

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Roberts is taking over the troubled commission. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It took Dwight D. Eisenhower a little more than a year to plan and execute Operation Overlord, the largest military invasion in history and the turning point of World War II. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Congress, architect Frank Gehry and the Eisenhower family have been planning the memorial to the 34th president and supreme allied commander since 1999, and it’s still on the drawing board.

Passing the gavel to Sen. Pat Roberts might help the commission win federal approvals needed to shift the long-stalled project out of neutral. But even as the commission is set to install the Kansas Republican as its chairman at a meeting Wednesday in the Capitol, Congress remains a hard sell. Full story

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