House to pass bill offering federal grants to preserve war sites

"Each time a historic battlefield is replaced with a parking lot, a chapter of American history is obscured, and future generations lose an important window onto their heritage," Holt said. "This bill would provide matching funds that would leverage private efforts to preserve our nation's past."

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Holt made those comments last September after the House passed the same bill unanimously. However, the Senate never approved it, even though Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had offered a companion version in the Senate. That means the House has to start over if the measure is to become law.

House Republicans will call up Holt's bill, H.R. 1033, under a suspension of House rules, which will limit debate and require a two-thirds majority vote. Two other suspension bills are also planned for next week:

H.R. 254, the Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act, which is aimed at developing hydropower in Utah, and

H.R. 291, the Black Hills Cemetery Act, which would convey cemeteries in the National Forest System in South Dakota to local communities.