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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Eisenhower Memorial, Department of Peace
March 22, 2013
Plans for a memorial in honor of President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower have garnered a mixed response from legislators, architects, and even the Eisenhower family themselves. In this week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab, NTUF analyzed the possible impact a bill to stop the memorial's construction could have on the federal budget.
In 1999, President Clinton signed a law to establish the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The Commission was tasked with finding a site & designer for a Presidential memorial dedicated to the 34th Chief Executive. They chose Frank Gehry, a renowned architect known for his cutting edge work on the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His design for the memorial has received mixed reviews: some architects support Gehry's unique avant-garde approach; others, including the Eisenhower family, worry about the structure's durability and extravagant design.
In response, Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 1126, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act, which would stop the current project, review new submissions, and terminate all future financing for construction of Gehry's design. NTUF determined it would reduce federal outlays by about $93 million over 3 years, or $31 million per year.
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