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December 15, 2014

Congress Clears Way for Study of Women's History Museum in D.C.

Sixteen years after a bill was introduced in Congress to establish a National Women's History Museum, legislation to advance the project is headed to President Obama's desk, news organizations including the Associated Press and the Bangor, Maine, Daily News report. The Senate voted Friday to create a privately funded commission to study the feasibility of the prospective Washington, D.C., institution, echoing the House's passage in May.

The bill is part of a group of natural-resources measures included a large package of defense-policy measures that the president is expected to sign. The eight-member commission would have 18 months to report to Congress on how to build and maintain the museum, which supporters say is needed to recognize the contributions by woman that have been left out of history books, national parks, and landmarks.