WASHINGTON – As his bipartisan effort with Senator Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) to build a World War on Terror Memorial on the National Mall continues to gain support and momentum, US Senator Joni Ernst ( R-Iowa) joined representatives Jared Golden (D-Maine), Jason Crow (D-Wisc.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), Mike Linnington, CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project, Marina Jackman, CEO of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation and Hassan at a press conference for Gold Star families and veterans urging Congress to pass their bill.
At today’s press conference, Ernst expressed his sincere gratitude to U.S. veterans and Gold Star families while urging Congress to pass his bipartisan law on the location of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.
“For the past two decades, since September 11, 2001, the selfless Americans who fought for our nation in Afghanistan have protected us while allowing us to enjoy the freedoms and freedoms we cherish today. Their service has not been in vain, and these valiant heroes deserve to be recognized by a memorial on our National Mall ”, said Senator Ernst, a veteran who commanded 150 troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. “As the support and momentum for my bipartisan effort continues to grow, now is the time to honor the service members, fallen soldiers, their families and all those affected by the global war on terror,” and I won’t rest until this memorial is made a reality on our National Mall.
In the past two months, more than two dozen Senators have joined Ernst’s Bill, including Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich. ), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Hoeven (RN.D.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D -Del.), Richard Burr (RN .C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) , John Kennedy (R-La.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jack Reed (DR .I.) And Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). The bill now has the support of 49 senators.
Ernst also garnered the support of influential public figures for his bipartisan bill, including Five for Fighting singer John Ondrasik, country singer Kellie Pickler, American actor Milo Ventimiglia and American Actor Gary Sinise.
Ahead of the 20e anniversary of September 11, Ernst wrote a column urging Congress to spend its bipartisan effort, writing in part: “The World War on Terrorism Memorial on our National Mall would be a long-standing testimony and a reminder of their selflessness for generations to come. On behalf of all my fellow veterans and our military, I will continue to fight tirelessly to make this memorial a reality.. “