The design for President Dwight Eisenhower's memorial in Washington is bigger, more expensive, and more controversial than past presidential memorials. The commission in charge ignored the public process for designing memorials and all public objections to the current design, which it plans to start building in September 2017. Help us support Congressional and presidential action to redesign the Eisenhower Memorial through the standard public process, a competition open to everyone.
- June 2017
- President's proposed budget for 2018 requests additional funding for memorial construction.
Commission of Fine Arts delays final approval of memorial design and requires more work on some elements.
- May 2017
- Congress approves partial construction funding for the Eisenhower Memorial and waives provision of the Commemorative Works Act that requires full funding be in place before construction begins. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission announces plans to start construction in September 2017.
- March 2017
- Senator Thad Cochran appointed to Eisenhower Memorial Commission
- February 2017
- National Capital Planning Commission gives preliminary approval to revised memorial design.
- September 2016
- Eisenhower family approves revised memorial design, with photographs of Omaha Beach and relocated statue of a young Eisenhower
- February 2016
- Eisenhower Memorial Commission requests $43 million for construction, $1.8 million for salaries and expenses, for Fiscal Year 2017; $41 million for construction for Fiscal Year 2018.
- December 2015
- Congress rejects Eisenhower Memorial Commission request for construction funding for the current design for the third year in a row.
- November 2015
- Veterans group calls for Eisenhower Memorial to be redesigned.
- September 2015
- Celebrities and politicians join Eisenhower Memorial Commission to promote the current design.
- July 2015
- National Capital Planning Commission votes final approval for the current design.
- June 2015
- Commission of Fine Arts votes final approval for current design.
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies removes all funding for the Eisenhower Memorial, and calls in the accompanying report for a public design competition and replacement of Eisenhower Memorial Commission staff.
The House of Representatives budget bill for Fiscal Year 2016 provides no funding for either commission operations or memorial construction. The Senate budget bill for Fiscal Year 2016 provides no funds for memorial construction and $1 million for commission operations. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission requested $68 million for construction and $2 million for operations.
- February 2015
- Eisenhower Memorial Commission requests $68.2 million for construction, $2 million for commission expenses, for Fiscal Year 2016.
- December 2014
- Eisenhower Memorial Commissioner Bruce Cole calls for a new memorial design.
- November 2014
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies removes construction funding for the Eisenhower Memorial, and allocates $1 million for commission expenses, for Fiscal Year 2015.
- October 2014
Eisenhower Memorial Commissioner Senator Jack Reed resigns.
Proposed Design wins preliminary approval from the National Capital Planning Commission.
Eisenhower Memorial Commissioner Senator Jerry Moran resigns.
- July 2014
- House Committee on Natural Resources reports on its oversight investigation into the activities of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) introduces H.R. 5203, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission Reform Act.
- April 2014
- National Capital Planning Commission rejects proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial.
- January 2014
Congress withholds construction funding for the Eisenhower Memorial for Fiscal Year 2015, allocates $1 million for commission expenses.
See “Longstanding Controversy” for developments prior to 2014.