Cochran pushes battlefield preservation measure

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.