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Dole pushing for Ike memorial, U.N. treaty

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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole hasn’t been a public servant since 1996, when he resigned from the Senate to run as his party’s presidential nominee. But he continues to try to get things done in Washington, D.C. A Washington Post article highlighted his advocacy on behalf of the National Eisenhower Memorial, though House and Senate appropriations committees have nixed the $68 million needed for construction for 2016 (because the Eisenhower family still dislikes the design). “I don’t want to fault anybody. I just want to get it built,” Dole said, suggesting maybe “we should forget about Congress and raise the money privately.” Then, Dole used a Monday event marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act to call it “a shame” that the Senate has failed to ratify the United Nations disability treaty, putting the U.S. in the company of holdouts including Ireland, the Netherlands, Libya and North Korea. Dole said: “Hopefully this year we’ll be able to pass that treaty so our U.N. representative, Samantha Power, will have the opportunity to tell these other countries how much we’ve accomplished in America and hopefully they will do the same.” – Rhonda Holman

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