WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 6364, the Frank Buckles WWI Memorial Act, by unanimous consent. The bill was introduced by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) along with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). This bipartisan legislation would (1) establish a commission to commemorate the centennial of World War I; (2) re-designate the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City as the ìNational World War I Museum and Memorial;îand (3) establish a new, stand-alone World War I Memorial on the National Mall.
ìI am pleased that the Natural Resources Committee unanimously decided to send the Frank Buckles WWI Memorial Act to the House floor. The centennial of World War I is quickly approaching. Congress must pass this bipartisan legislation immediately and send it to the Presidentís desk. It is past time for Washington to honor Corporal Buckles and the rest of the Doughboys who fought over there.î