S. 1044, World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013

S. 1044

World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013

Sen. Rob Portman

June 23, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the House will consider S. 1044, the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013, under suspension of the rules.  S. 1044 was introduced on May 23, 2013 by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent June 5, 2014.  H.R. 2175, a companion bill, was introduced on May 23, 2013 by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on May 29, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 1044 directs the Secretary of the Interior to install at the World War II Memorial an inscription of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer.  The bill prohibits the use of federal funds and allows the Secretary to accept private donations for the project.


The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC honors American members of the Armed Forces who served in the war, including more than 405,000 who lost their lives.[1]  On the morning of June 6, 1944, the day Americans stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, President Roosevelt delivered an address to the nation.  He “prayed for all the brave men fighting overseas that they would prevail over the enemy, protect America, and return safely to their families.  The prayer asked for the people of the nation to devote themselves in a continuance of a prayer for help with the war efforts both at home and overseas.”[2]  S. 1044 requires an inscription of the prayer be placed at the memorial.

[1] House Committee Report 112-368 at 2.
[2] Senate Committee Report 113-141.  See full text of address at The American Presidency Project, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prayer on D-Day (June 6, 1944).


According to CBO estimates, implementing S. 1044 would have no significant impact on the federal budget.

Additional Information

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