The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would create a committee to research creating a national museum dedicated to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the first step required to build new federal museums.

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The bill was unanimously approved by representatives Tuesday, three years after Rep. Grace Meng (DN.Y.) first introduced it.

If signed into law, the bill would create an eight-person committee of museum or research and culture specialists to determine the feasibility of creating the first federal museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Under the bill’s provisions, the committee would estimate the museum’s cost, study how it would acquire a collection, determine who would run the facility, propose possible locations, develop plans for fundraising and establish how to involve the AAPI community.

Next, the bill will move on to a Senate vote.