In fact, Simpson and Moran both said the commission still has close to $30 million left from its fiscal 2012 appropriation. Commission spokeswoman Chris Cimko also told Roll Call that the project was still funded through fiscal 2013, possibly because ground was never broken and construction deferred.
“They don’t really need any more money this year,” Simpson said, adding that he would also “like to see a resolution between the commission and the family.”
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), ranking Democrat of the National Parks subcommittee, still said he is concerned about what effect the lack of new funding would have on the Commission’s efforts and momentum.
“[Eisenhower] deserves it, there should be a place of honor for him and it has already been consigned by Congress,” Grijalva said. “To zero it out is kind of a back door way to kill the project.”
Grijalva said he is prepared to offer an amendment on the House floor to restore some of the funding.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.