WASHINGTON DC - Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The park would have included Hanford's historic B Reactor. The bill got bipartisan simple majority support, but not the two thirds it needed. Sponsor Doc Hastings says there will be more work to get the bill passed before the end of the year.
Here's more procedural information on the vote, and Rep. Hastings' Statement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – H.R. 5987, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, was brought to the House floor today under "suspension of House rules." This "suspension" process allows for an expedited and abbreviated process for considering and voting on bills. However, in order for a bill to pass under suspension, it has to receive two-thirds support rather than a simple majority. While the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act did receive a bipartisan, majority vote of 237-180, it did not receive the two-thirds necessary to pass under suspension today.
"While it didn't receive the super-majority needed to be sent to the Senate today, a big bipartisan majority of the House voted to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. We've shown there is support for this park and will be working towards the goal of enacting this into law before the end of this year," said Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).