Congress has approved a bill that allows proceeds from the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin to be used to help retire the museum’s $15 million debt.
Sponsored by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, the bill has been sent to the president for his signature after approval in the Senate and House. The bill was supported by Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Newnan.
Using the coin’s proceeds to ease the financial burden of the $108 million facility will allow the museum to wrap up its debt and focus on operations, said Carmen Cavezza, chairman of the National Infantry Foundation, the nonprofit organization which operates the museum.
“We’ve been working on it for a while,” Cavezza said. “We potentially could get $3.2 million from coin sales.”