A project to create and protect historic Capitol materials was officially approved by the U.S. Capitol’s Architectural Preservation Commission.
The commission’s decision was made in an hourlong meeting on Wednesday that featured testimony from both sides.
The project is one of several to address the issue of Capitol materials over the last decade.
The Capitol, however, is far from being ready to protect its own artifacts.
The Architectural Protection Act of 2010 stipulates that the Capitol, the federal building that houses the U, S and P branches of Congress, must protect at least 70% of its historic materials, including artifacts.
It was one of two historic preservation bills approved by Congress in 2010 that would have required Capitol materials to be protected.
The other was the Preservation of the Capitol Preservation Act, which would have mandated that materials that are not in a historical context, like furniture, be protected and be considered for preservation.
Both the Architectural and Preservation Protection Acts would have taken effect in 2021, with a timeline of 2035.
The proposal was one more piece of a puzzle to address Capitol materials, said Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., who was among those testifying.
Capitol preservation has been a major issue in recent years as lawmakers, state lawmakers and conservation groups sought to preserve historic Capitol artifacts.
Capitol Preservation Alliance President Tom Harkin and Sen. Joe Manchin, D of West Virginia, both proposed legislation in 2014 to establish a preservation commission, which the Architecture Commission approved.
They were joined by two former presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D -Calif.
“It’s very important for us to have a preservation organization that can identify where the problem is and make recommendations and recommendations,” Capuino said.
In the past, the Architectures Commission has been asked to propose legislation to address historic preservation issues, such as protecting the historic historic elements of the National Gallery of Art.
The panel has been working on a historic preservation act since 2012.
“Our mission is to protect the Capitol for the people who serve here and the people that love it,” Capucano said.
The Commission has also proposed proposals to protect Capitol exhibits and historic elements.
Capucio said it was time to bring Capitol preservation into the 21st century.
“When we go into the future, the first thing that is going to change is the Capitol,” he said.
He said the preservation of Capitol artifacts is important to the future of the country.
Capuono said the Architecturals Preservation Act of 2012 was written in part to address what he called the “toxic legacy of the Cold War era” that resulted in a lack of oversight over Capitol materials.
“There is no oversight of how Capitol materials are being handled or used,” Caputano said in a statement.
“We must work together to identify ways to ensure that Capitol materials and historic preservation are properly managed, protected and used.”
A group of Capitol workers and preservation advocates have called for Capitol preservation to be preserved.
“I think we are headed in the right direction, and we’re getting there,” said Capitol Preservation Coalition Chairman Bill Pascrell, D, Tenn.
Pascell said preservation is one thing that needs to happen if the Capitol is to survive in the future.
“The Capitol is a part of our national fabric, and the preservation and protection of its historical and cultural heritage is something that is essential to this,” he added.