Ask Your Representative To Sign-on in Support of Historic Preservation Funding in Congress
Congress is starting the appropriations process which will determine Fiscal Year 2020 funding levels for historic preservation.The co-chairs of the Historic Preservation Caucus, Rep. Michael Turner
(R-OH) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer
(D-OR), are leading the bipartisan FY20 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Dear Colleague Letter
. The letter request $141 million in funding for the HPF
, the same level Preservation Action advocated for during Advocacy Week. The request includes significant increases for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and increases to critically important competitive grant programs. The letter will be submitted to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
.This marks a strong commitment to the HPF and we can’t thank Representatives Blumenauer and Turner enough for their continued support and leadership of historic preservation.
Congress needs to hear from preservationists.
We are off to a strong start, but are still short of the number of signers on last year’s letter. To maximize the impact of the letter, we need as many Representatives to sign-on as possible. Urge your Representative to sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letter today!
Time is of the essence, the deadline for signatures is Thursday, March 28th
at 5:00pm. ET. Members can sign-on by contacting Jon Bosworth in Rep. Blumenauer’s office or Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s office.
How to Contact your Member of Congress
If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office, contact that person directly. If they do not handle Interior Appropriations please ask that they pass the message along to the Interior Appropriations staffer.
If you don’t have a personal contact you can call the representative’s DC office and ask to speak with the Interior Appropriations staffer or email your message through the “Contact” section of the member’s website. If you are emailing through the Member’s website please select “Environment” in the Message Subject drop-down menu.
Reach out and let them know who you are and why historic preservation is important to you. Ask your Representative
to sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letter
, being circulated by Representatives Turner and Blumenauer. Below is a sample message to send to your Representative that you can make your own and include local examples from their district. Members can sign-on by contacting Jon Bosworth in Rep. Blumenauer’s office or Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s office. The deadline for signatures is Thursday, March 28th at 5pm ET.
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FY20 HPF Dear Colleague Letter
Sample Letter to Your Representative
“I request that you sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in support of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. The requested amount supports the important work of State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers to administer the federal historic preservation program and continues to support competitive grant programs that help preserve the sites and stories of historically underrepresented communities. The request also includes funding to invest in geographic information systems-based mapping for of historic resources, which would help to expediate project delivery, while avoiding harm to historic resources. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) uses non-tax payer dollars to partner with States and Tribes to help save important places in your community and brings local voices to federal decision-making. Adequate funding for the HPF is essential for recognizing, preserving and utilizing our Nation’s historic resources for all Americans”