The California Republican wrote a letter Thursday to Rocco C. Siciliano, the commission's chairman, insisting that the commission come up with a second, completely different design.
"I would suggest that this Commission presents the NCPC with two options: first, the modified Gehry design, illustrating the removal of the side tapestries with fewer side columns; and second, the core of the Gehry design without any tapestries of columns," he wrote.
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission has drawn ire by spending $15 million to commission a design by architect Frank Gehry that would put long, 80-foot high planks depicting a wintry Kansas landscape on the National Mall, as well as massive concrete pillars that planners say evoke standing underneath one of the interstate highways that Ike built.
"These controversies have clouded the decision-making process and prevented the project from moving forward," Issa wrote in the letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Its staff have been in a standoff with federal planning bodies about proposed revisions to the design.
Issa fears that ten years of planning and federal salaries will go to waste with the project ultimately scrapped entirely.
In addition to chairing the House government oversight committee, Issa sits on the National Capital Planning Commission, which must approve the design.
An April investigation by the Washington Examiner found an insular staff of federal employees that has largely ignored its superiors, Congress and Eisenhower descendants.
The staff of the commission weeks ago set up a board meeting — most of its board serves in Congress — during a time when all members of Congress would be out of town. They have generally forwarded only positive information about the project to supervisors, rather than involving them in the significant controversies.
The board chairman is a nonagenarian former aide in the Eisenhower White House who is too “unwell” to participate in its daily operations.