Political stumbling blocks continue to slow progress on Frank Gehry’s proposed memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. The House of Representatives is currently poised to withhold the $59.84 million in funding requested by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission (EMC) in February. The proposed budget released Tuesday for Interior and Environment Appropriations in fiscal year 2013 does not include a line item for the commission.
This does not mean that the EMC has been defunded, or that it will cease to exist: It may receive funding when the bill is ultimately finished. The EMC also has residual funds from last year. In fiscal year 2012, the EMC received $30.99 million to begin construction and $2 million for operations. The construction costs were to be spread out over several years. Since construction has not started, a significant amount of that money is still left, although the EMC could not immediately say how much exactly.