State Journal Register

June 14, 2001

House committee OKs $10 million installment for presidential library 


WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a new $10 million installment for the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

If approved by the full U.S. House and Senate and signed into law by the president, it would be the second $10 million installment for the project, which currently is under construction. Congress has authorized a total of $50 million. Earlier this year, library supporters had been concerned when President Bush didn't include the money in his budget proposal for fiscal 2002, which begins Oct. 1.

However, no roadblocks are expected for the money - at least in the House, said an aide to U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, a Peoria
Republican who represents part of Springfield. The library has the support of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville.

Congress authorized the project and approved the first $10 million last year over the objections of U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald,
R-Ill., who complained that the legislation didn't require contracts for the library to be subject to federal competitive bidding

Fitzgerald hasn't decided whether he will oppose this year's appropriation, a spokesman said. 

He "will evaluate his options when presented with a measure for a vote," spokesman Brian Stoller said.