US House to vote on Churchill statue for capitol

19th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The House of Representatives was set to vote Monday on installing a bust or statue of Winston Churchill in the US Capitol to mark 70 years since his World War II address to lawmakers there.

The resolution, offered by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, states that the US Capitol "does not currently appropriately recognize the contributions of Sir Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom."

The measure notes that the storied wartime prime minister addressed a joint session of the US Congress on December 26, 1941, just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that led Washington to enter World War II.

"Churchill's persistence, determination and resolve remains an inspiration to freedom-fighters all over the world" and Britain "remains and will forever be an important and irreplaceable ally to the United States," the resolution says.

The US Senate would also need to endorse the move.

© 2011 AFP

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