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House approves statue for Native American veterans

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A statue honoring Native American veterans outside on the National Mall in Washington took a step closer to becoming reality. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2319) was passed by the House of Representatives, immediately after being reported by the Committee on Natural Resources.

The bill would allow construction of the statue on the Mall outside the National Museum of the American Indian. The Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994 only allows it inside the museum. But space is tight indoors.

Read the report on the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp113:FLD010:@1%28hr287%29.

If the bill passes, the museum, with the National Congress of American Indians, would bear the responsibility for choosing a design and contractor through competition and financing the project. Therefore, the Congressional Budget Office figures that the bill wouldn't significantly impact the federal budget.

Similar legislation is pending before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

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