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Policy at the Press Club

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) will deliver a major domestic and international policy speech at the National Press Club Tuesday. [IMGCAP(1)]

Cummings’ address, titled “A Time for Change: Meeting America’s Challenges at Home and Abroad,” will focus on “the credibility of our national leadership and the direction of our nation’s domestic and international policy.” The CBC chairman said that in going before the press club he hopes to “elevate the status of our caucus” by discussing the CBC’s policy agenda and its role in national and world affairs.

“It’s only fitting that the chairman of the caucus let the world know what those priorities are,” Cummings said.

Memorial Effort. The Pentagon Memorial Fund launched its national fundraising effort last week to create a permanent memorial for the 184 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Defense Department headquarters.

With a $1 million gift from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation already on hand, the group is looking to gather national support to raise approximately $30 million for the memorial construction and endowment.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) was joined Thursday by Pentagon Memorial Fund President James Laychak, whose brother David died in the Pentagon attack, to announce the fundraising drive.

“I’m confident that penny by penny, brick by brick, we’ll soon have a venue to appropriately honor the brave men and women who gave their lives that terrible day,” Davis said.

When finished, a 1.9-acre park and memorial, completely funded through private contributions, will serve as a place for visitors, family and friends to remember the victims. Visit to contribute or find out more information about the memorial.

— Erin P. Billings and John McArdle

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