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House Passes Bill to Save the Delta Queen
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- The steamboat that once called Cincinnati home is one step closer to rollin' along the Ohio river once again.
The House tonight approved a bill that would allow the Delta Queen back on the water. The vessel has served as a floating hotel in Chattanooga since 2008 when congress refused to renew a maritime safety exemption for the steamboat.
Congressman Steve Chabot is one of the bill's co-sponsors. He says, "This legislation is basically one line, it doesn't cost a penny. And it has two very important functions. It preserves an important piece of American history and it supports American jobs."
The bill still must pass the Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama. Then, the Coast Guard has to certify the boat's safety.
If approved, Chabot hopes that the boat can once again call the Queen City home.