Senator Jack Reed Follows Senator Jerry Moran in Resigning from Eisenhower Memorial Commission

According to Roll Call:

A second senator has quietly cut ties with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Two weeks after Kansas Republican Jerry Moran submitted his resignation, the EMC received a letter from Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed notifying them of his exit. By law, the commission is composed of four presidential appointees and four members of each chamber, appointed by leadership. Reed’s resignation leaves the 12-member panel with 10 commissioners.

In a statement to CQ Roll Call, the senator’s office indicated he decided to pull out after Moran stepped down on Sept. 17. The move is aimed at introducing some fresh viewpoints on the long-delayed project. “Senator Reed has been honored to serve on the commission for over a decade,” Chip Unruh, press secretary for the senator, said in an email.

“Now is a good time to give someone else a chance and bring in new perspectives,” he continued. “And with the departures of both Senators Moran and Reed, it restores parity. Senator Reed has the utmost respect for all parties involved. He believes the commission will continue working to build a fitting monument to President Eisenhower.”. . .

Moran, who was appointed to the commission as a member of the House in 2001, came to the conclusion that his staunch advocacy for making Kansas part of the design was blocking the memorial from completion. . . .

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