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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Early this morning the U.S. Senate passed Senator Maria Cantwell's (D-WA) bill to increase the authorization for the Vancouver National Historic Reserve preservation from $5 million to $15 million. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve bill, which is cosponsored by Senator Patty Murray and sponsored in the House by Representative Brian Baird, is headed to the President's desk.

"This bill protects our region's historical and cultural legacy," Senator Cantwell, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources committee, said. "The Vancouver National Historic Reserve serves as an important reminder of the varied experiences of the people in the Pacific Northwest and preserves it for future generations."

"This bill 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."

"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," Representative Brian Baird said. "I am proud to have worked with Senators Cantwell and Murray to see that the rehabilitation of the 55-acre Vancouver Barracks, with its 32 historically-significant structures, is today, one step closer to becoming law."

"This authorization is the most significant development for the Vancouver National Historic Reserve since Congress created the Reserve over tens years ago," Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard said. "This would not have happened with out the personal involvement of Senators Cantwell and Murray and Representative Baird, it was their efforts that got it done."

Cantwell and Baird's legislation authorizes $15 million -- increasing the authorization by $10 million -- for preservation of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve preservation. The U.S. Senate passed Cantwell's Vancouver National Historic Reserve bill on August 1, 2002. The House passed passed Baird's measure on September 24, 2002.