Hopes that the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act would become law this year were dashed when the U.S. Senate rejected a House of Representatives amendment attaching the bill to the National Defense Authorization Act.
The House amendment passed in June, but was not included in the final text of the defense bill released late Tuesday night.
“What I understand is that they just determined that it would not be the best place to approach the legislation, through the Defense Authorization Act. And so they took it out of there,” said Bradbury Science Museum Executive Director Linda Deck. “So it’s not that they said, no, it shouldn’t happen. It’s just that they took it out of that piece of legislation.”
Los Alamos Historical Museum Executive Director Heather McClenahan noted that supporters have become accustomed to disappointment in the 10 years since MCNHP legislation was first introduced. McClenahan is the county’s MPNHP project point person.