WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- Two U. S. senators have introducted a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the program to help preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States.
Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act.
The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program that provides competitive grants to match private and non-profit donations for preservation efforts.
The bill does expand the program to include significant battle sites associated with the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Cochran says with this year marking the 150th anniversary of so many pivotal Civil War battles, it is the right time to extend the efforts to preserve key battlefield sites.
The bill would extend $10 million expected to expire in September to the ABPPAA through 2018.
The measure is companion legislation to a bill co-sponsored by Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).