Saturday, July 19

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
gets $6 million boost
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[JULY 19, 2003]  WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced Friday that the House approved $6 million for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. The funding is contained in the fiscal 2004 Department of the Interior appropriations bill, which passed the House Thursday night. The legislation now goes to a House-Senate conference committee. The corresponding Senate-passed bill contains $3 million for the library project.

"Funding for the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is one of the top priorities for the entire Illinois congressional delegation," said LaHood. "Speaker Hastert, Senator Durbin, Congressman Shimkus and others have taken a deep interest to ensure that this project is completed, and I thank them for their support of this funding.

"Our delegation understands the international importance of Abraham Lincolnís life -- just yesterday Prime Minister Tony Blair quoted Lincoln in his speech to Congress -- and we realize that this library and museum will be the pre-eminent facility for furthering the legacy of Lincoln," LaHood added. "The delegation is committed to securing full federal funding for the Lincoln library and we look forward to the museumís opening next year."

To date, Congress has appropriated $28.5 million for the project; over half of the $50 million in federal funding that has been authorized.

[News release]    

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