EXCLUSIVE – Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and more than 30 other Republican members of Congress pressured President Biden in a Tuesday letter to override the Pentagon’s decision to block a veterans group from staging a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in the Pentagon parking lot.
“I would have hoped that President Biden would have more respect for a Memorial Day tradition, which raises awareness to the 82,000 service members who are still missing in actions and that 22 veterans die by suicide each day,” Mast told Fox News. “That is why today, I along with 33 of my House colleagues are urging President Biden to reverse his administration’s decision and grant Rolling to Remember their permit request to use the Pentagon’s parking lot.”
REP. MAST ASKS BIDEN TO INTERVENE AFTER VETERANS GROUP DENIED USE OF PENTAGON PARKING LOT
Pentagon Special Events confirmed AMVETS’ permit for the Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally on March 11 but later reversed its decision. Mast previously wrote a letter in April to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urging him to “promptly approve” the permit.
Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Lee Zeldin of New York, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Chip Roy of Texas and Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania, signed Mast’s latest letter.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the eviction of Congressional offices from Veterans Affairs Department facilities on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
“Moreover, nine state, local and federal agencies have already approved AMVETS’ permit for this year … your Administration is the only remaining barrer to ensuring this Memorial Day tradition goes as planned,” Mast and the Republcans wrote in the letter. “Therefore, we urge you to overturn the decision by t
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