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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.