Gray said he dropped his support for Poe’s bill after “recognizing the nuances and implications of what this means.”
Norton has introduced a resolution expressing support for a World War I memorial in the nation’s capital, just not the one already dedicated to D.C.’s veterans.
Poe told Roll Call that he came up with the idea of expanding the memorial while jogging on the Mall.
“I saw it in the weeds,” he said. “It’s not even on the tourists’ maps of Washington.”
He maintained that his bill would expand the scope of the memorial, not rededicate it so as to remove D.C. veterans from the equation. Poe added that a memorial on the National Mall, paid for by taxpayer money, should honor taxpayers in all jurisdictions, not just the District of Columbia.
“It just seems like the logical place to put a memorial up,” he said.
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.