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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.