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Congressman Cleaver Secures Funding for WWI Centennial Commission

Congressman Cleaver Secures Funding for WWI Centennial Commission

July 15, 2017

Emanuel Cleaver II

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is proud to announce the approval of funding for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.  Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies approved a funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018, which contained $3 Million for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.  Along with the funding, the bill allows other federal agencies to contribute funding or personnel to support the activities of the Commission. 

The World War I Centennial Commission was created by an act of Congress in 2013, sponsored by Congressman Cleaver and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX).  The Centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I was commemorated on April 6, 2017 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.  Over 4,000 people attended the ceremony, along with foreign dignitaries from 27 countries as jets from the Patrouille de France flew above.

Commemoration events are scheduled to continue nationwide throughout the year to educate American citizens about the causes and consequences of the War to End All Wars and to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served.  Over 4.7 million men and women served our nation in uniform and over 116,000 Americans gave their lives in defense of liberty.   The funding approved by this bill will support activities and events in all 50 states over the next year.

“My thanks to Chairman Calvert, Ranking Member McCollum and Representative Simpson for hearing my appeal for WWI and working with me over the last couple of years.   I’m also grateful for the support from Representatives Graves, Yoder, Hartzler, Wagner and the other Members who assisted with this effort”, said Congressman Cleaver. “I am pleased that the bipartisan support for the Commission has continued and that we will be able to appropriately honor the centennial and the brave Americans who served in World War I.”

This funding bill will soon move to the full House Appropriations Committee for approval, and then must be approved by the House and the Senate.  Additionally, Congressman Cleaver was successful in adding language supporting the WWI Commission into H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The language would give the military the authority to transfer up to $5 million to support activities of the Commission. H.R. 2810 is being considered this week by the House of Representatives.

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