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Great War Memorial Plan Inches Forward

Dan Verbeck

Kansas City’s Congressman won’t guarantee passage of a bill that would make Liberty Memorial the nation’s official World War One Museum and Memorial.

However the measure has passed from House committee with unanimous support.

Language of the bill was introduced by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill last year.

A similar measure passed the house three years ago but languished and died in the Senate.

This time, House co-sponsor Congressman Emanuel Cleaver said the mood  for cooperation looks promising.

“I’m always cautious but it does look good, and this would be a great gift for our community during the upcoming holiday season,” Cleaver said.

The current measure has bipartisan sponsors. Cleaver is a Democrat, Lloyd “Ted” Poe of Texas a Republican.

This bill also mandates a First World War memorial in District of Columbia and sets up a commission to observe the War’s centennial.

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