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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Rep. Brian Baird today announced that the full Senate has approved $3.7 million for the Vancouver Barracks. The Defense Appropriations bill, which contains the funding, passed the Senate today by a vote of 93-1. The House approved the bill last week by a 409-14 vote.

In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee had adopted an amendment offered by Senator Murray and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) to provide $6.1 million for the Vancouver Barracks. The House legislation provided no money for the barracks.

"This represents an important federal commitment to Vancouver and an acknowledgement of the historical significance of the Vancouver Barracks," Senator Murray said. "The Washington congressional delegation continues to make the Vancouver Barracks and the historic trust a priority.

"This is a great day for the Vancouver National Historic Reserve," Senator Cantwell said. "Vancouver National Historic Reserve is an important historic landmark not only for southwest Washington, but for the entire western United States. This funding takes us closer to meeting our obligation to future generations to preserve the barracks."

"The significance of rehabilitating the Vancouver Barracks lies in the educational opportunities it will provide future generations and the historical tourism it will bring to this community," said Rep. Baird. "Former military giants such as Ulysses S. Grant and George C. Marshall would be pleased with our efforts to restore and preserve these structures that had a front row seat to history."

The West Barracks at the federally established Vancouver National Historic Reserve are now vacant after use by the Army for over 150 years. Fort Vancouver is often considered the birthplace of history in the Western United States, and the U.S. military role in the West was shaped in large part by the decisions made at Fort Vancouver and the Vancouver Barracks.