Redesign the Eisenhower Memorial

 

The proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial is more controversial and expensive than past presidential memorials. Congress has refused to fund it since 2012, but President Eisenhower’s memorial commission won’t redesign his memorial. Help us support Congressional action to redesign the memorial through a public competition that is open to everyone.


Controversy Timeline
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.

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