Introduction of H.R. 1115
After H.R. 5046 expired in the House, Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced H.R. 1115, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act, on February 18, 2021. The bill ultimately garnered 197 co-sponsors, and passed the House as an amendment to the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on September 23, 2021.
Introduction of S.535
The House version of H.R. 1115 was introduced in the Senate on March 2, 2021 as S. 535, with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) as its lead sponsors. After securing passage through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on November 18, 2021, it too was folded into the FY 2022 NDAA as an amendment.
Passage of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act
On December 15, 2021, the Senate passed the FY 2022 NDAA, thus securing congressional approval for a Memorial on the National Mall. On December 27, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the legislation, thus providing the final authorization for a place of honor for all American personnel who served and sacrificed in the Global War on Terrorism.