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.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.