WATCH: Biden approves steps toward an Asian American and Pacific Islander museum

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law Monday that gives the go-ahead for a federal commission to study the potential for a national museum dedicated to the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Watch Biden’s remarks in the player above.

Calling the museum “long overdue,” Biden said, “Asian-American, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders have literally shaped the history and the contours of this country.”

The president was joined at the bill-signing ceremony by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first person of Indian descent to be elected to the position. Harris’ mother was Indian.

The measure, the “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act,” would create a commission of eight individuals with expertise in museum planning or Asian Pacific American history and culture to study the possibility of establishing such a museum in Washington, possibly as part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Just before he signed the bill, the president told his audience, “and I look forward one day to visit the National Museum, Asian Pacific, American History and Culture with all of you.”

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