March 18, 2013
WASHINGTON — An effort in Congress to eliminate funding and scrap the proposed design for a national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower drew strong opposition Friday from the American Institute of Architects, which said lawmakers should not censor an architectural work.
Earlier in the week, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop introduced legislation calling for a new design competition for the memorial, citing objections to the current design from Ike's family and the project's cost. Bishop seeks to eliminate $100 million in future funding for the current design by architect Frank Gehry.
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