Conaway's Legislation to Preserve Bush Childhood Home in Midland Passes in U.S. House
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Mike Conaway’s H.R. 3008, the George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act. This legislation, which passed 382-4-2, aims to preserve the Midland home of the Bush family as a national landmark.
“George W. Bush’s childhood home in Midland, Texas is a piece of our nation’s history,” said Rep. Conaway. “Two Presidents, two governors, and a first lady have called this house their home. As the nation mourns the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, our 41st President, we are especially reminded of the importance of preserving living landmarks for future generations.
The home, located at 1412 W. Ohio Ave. in Midland, has been open for tours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday since it was officially dedicated on April 11, 2006.
Organizers to preserve the home embarked on a five-year fundraising effort in 2001 when the eldest of the Bush brothers was sworn in as president. It took about two years to raise $1 million.
Since opening in 2006, the home has been toured by over 25,000 people, the George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc. website states.
“Currently open to the public as a museum, my legislation will work to protect the home as a national historic landmark. I’m grateful for the outpouring of support this bill received, which will ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to be inspired by the lives of the Bush family.”
The House passed a bill that will now go to the U.S. Senate for a vote of approval before going to the president's desk for signing into law. Conaway's Congressional District 23 includes Midland.
Learn more about touring the Bush home here.