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There's movement on the bill to build bathrooms at the Marine Corps War Memorial

There's movement on the bill to build bathrooms at the Marine Corps War Memorial



There's movement to finally build a visitors service center at the Marine Corps War Memorial outside Washington, D.C.. The idea, proposed by Virginia Congressman Don Beyer, would bring bathrooms to the area next to the Iwo Jima statue, which is currently serviced by porta-potties, much to the dismay of veterans and veterans groups who say aging populations struggle to use the facilities.

Porta-potties line the park at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Jim Campbell, who leads Honor Flight tours to the Iwo Jima, told Circa, "To have them use a facility that you normally see on a construction site is really pretty disgusting quite frankly."

The problem of lacking facilities at the memorial site in Arlington was first exposed by Circa. We discovered that a construction ban put in place by Congress made creating a permanent structure impossible.

WATCH: Circa's original story on the complications of getting something as simple as a permanent bathroom constructed near the Iwo Jima statue

It'll Take An Act Of Congress To Get Toilets At The Marine Corps War Memorial

In 2016, Beyer proposed a bill asking for bathrooms to be built at the site, but the measure didn't survive. At the time, Beyer said, "This should not be one of these wedge issues in Congress. This should be something we can all come together on."

The Congressman proposed the idea again in 2017. And there's been progress. The bill has passed the House and moved on to the Senate for consideration. But the plan is far from a done deal. Skopos Labs, which forecasts the likelihood a bill will survive, says Beyer's proposal has just a 29% chance of being enacted.

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