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Congress approves Peace Corps memoral; House passes Gettysburg station bill

A memorial to the Peace Corps won final congressional approval on Monday, Jan. 13. And adding the Gettysburg Train Station to the Gettysburg National Military Park won a big victory as the House approved it the same day.

Both measures have been kicking around Congress for years.

The House approved by a 387-7 vote S. 230, which would authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to raise non-federal money to build a memorial in or near Washington, DC “to commemorate the mission of the Peace Corps and the ideals on which the Peace Corps was founded.”

The Senate already approved the measure. Check the chronology of congressional action at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bdULh7:@@@X|/home/LegislativeData.php|.

And the House unanimously (396-0) passed H.R. 1513, which would add the Gettysburg Train Station, site of Abraham Lincoln's famed 1863 Gettysburg Address, to the park. The Borough of Gettysburg owns the station but agreed to donate it. The legislation says that non-profits would continue to operate the center for visitors.

The bill would also add to the park 45 acres along Plum Run in Cumberland Township. The land has already been donated but needs congressional approval to be added to the park.

Read about the House consideration at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r113:4:./temp/~r113nEFV9E::.

The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources approved a companion bill in November which is currently awaiting a Senate vote.

For background on the bills, see the stories linked to below.