AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawmakers in Washington have approved $4 million to move Richard Nixon’s papers to his presidential library in California, the first big appropriation for the effort to transform the library from a private to a public facility.Half of the money will be spent to begin moving records, staff and operations from the Washington area to the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, and the other half for an addition to house them.The money is less than the National Archives and Records Administration and library supporters had wanted, but it is an improvement on President Bush’s budget request, which included no money for the library.The funding was part of a spending bill for transportation, treasury, housing and other programs that passed the House on Friday and was expected to pass the Senate.“This is the essential last step in a 30-year process to include the Nixon Library in the presidential library system,” said Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, whose district includes the library30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.The archives transfer was made possible by language in a 2004 spending bill deleting a federal prohibition against removing Nixon’s papers and tapes from the Washington area. The prohibition had been in place since after Nixon resigned in 1974. Lawmakers, afraid he would destroy documents necessary for the Watergate investigation, passed a law giving the government possession of his records.Miller and other California Republicans sought the change that will allow the records to move to California, where supporters have operated a private library and museum at the site of Nixon’s boyhood home since 1990.The federal government still must formally accept a letter of offer for the library, which library officials expect to present in coming months.The transfer of the archives has faced opposition from Nixon critics who say the private library run by his supporters presents an overly rosy view of his presidency.After an embarrassing episode earlier this year in which the library canceled a conference on Nixon and Vietnam, the archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein, met with library board members to seek assurances that the facility would reschedule the conference and consider changes to some exhibits.Nixon Library Executive Director John Taylor said Friday that the library is co-sponsoring a Vietnam conference to take place at Boston’s John F. Kennedy library in the spring.