CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 2788 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert on June, 10, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. On February 24, 2010, the committee reported the bill favorably by Voice Vote.
H.R. 2788 would designate a memorial to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves in flight. The memorial, which would be located at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, would not be a unit of the National Park System and would not be constructed with federal funds.
The March Field Air Museum has started work in Riverside, California on a memorial honoring recipients of the Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross. The Distinguished Flying Cross is an award given to individuals who have demonstrated "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight." Currently, the United States does not have a memorial to honor members of the Air Force that have distinguished themselves with bravery in flight. The bill would designate this memorial as the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial.
CBO estimates H.R. 2788 would have no effect on discretionary spending because the proposed memorial would not be constructed with federal funds.