The U.S. House is helping the people of Vermont and New York celebrate the 400th anniversary of the European discovery of Lake Champlain by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
The House passed a bill yesterday to create the Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Commission to support activities and programming in conjunction with the 2009 anniversary.
The legislation will award $500,000 in grants to communities, nonprofit organizations, and local governments.
The legislation directs the commission to work with the Lake Champlain Basin Program, which works to protect the lake.
The legislation passed on a voice vote. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.