Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 17, Number 4, January 24, 2014 →
President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
President Obama will present the FY2015 budget request on March 4, 2014. That means, the budget, which is officially due on the first Monday in February, will come out a month later. According to The Hill, White House officials say now that Congress has finished FY2014 appropriations, the Administration can finalize the FY2015 budget.
The Budget Committee bill set budget spending for 2015 at $1.014 trillion. Congressional appropriators may begin work on the 12 annual bills before Obama delivers his budget request. The Congressional Budget Office will release its annual budget update, which serves as a yardstick to measure competing budget proposals, on February 4, 2014.
Important to Preservation Action members are the funding levels for historic preservation programs like the Historic Preservation Fund. The FY2014 budget appropriated $56.410 million for the HPF, that is, $47.425 for SHPOs which includes $500,000 for grants to be used to conduct pre-nomination activities for communities underrepresented on the National Register of Historic Places. It also includes $8.985 for THPOs.
Rep. Rush Holt asks Office of Management & Budget to Support Battlefields Funding
Rep. Holt, Co-Chair of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus, is circulating a “Dear Colleague” to Members of Congress asking them to support of the American Battlefields Protection Program. The letter requests members to sign on to a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include $20 million in the FY2015 budget for the American Battlefield Protection Program. The program provides funding to preserve battlefields from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
Recently, The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1033, a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the program and extend eligibility to War of 1812 and Revolutionary War battlefields in the first session of the 113th Congress.
Online Registration Open for Advocacy Week 2014
National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week will be Monday, March 3 through 6, 2014 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, DC.
Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.
New this year: “Preservation Pitch: Talking to the Media” with Connie Mitchell Ford of the Wall Street Journal, “Preservation Bests of 2013” award ceremony at the Congressional Reception hosted by PA, NTCIC and NTHP, a Domestic Policy session by Preservation Action, and along with the announcement of our Advocacy Scholars, an expanded session for students.
As Preservation Action members, partners and preservationists gather in Washington to advocate for federal policy that supports preservation, President Obama presents his FY2015 Budget Request.
FCC Comment Period on Wireless Infrastructure on Historic Buildings open Until February 3, 2014
Please review the FCC request for comments. Make your voice heard. Let the FCC know it is important that municipalities maintain their authority and ability to review in these types of installations.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on review procedures of the installation of DAS (distributed antenna systems) and small cell wireless infrastructure related to NEPA, Section 106 and review coordination that might be needed with ACHP, NCSHPO and tribal organizations. Options for treatment may exclude such installations from review or may modify the review process.
Tuesday: State of the Union & GOP Response
President Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address January 28th. During his speech, the President will discuss the state of the nation, which will include priorities on his agenda. Coverage of the address will be followed with Republican Response by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington state. Rogers is Chair of the House Republican Conference and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
As a preview to the State of the Union, C-span will air addresses from former presidents this weekend on January 25th at 8am and January 26th at 3pm on C-SPAN3 American History TV. Coverage includes 1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 1974 – Richard M. Nixon, 1984 – Ronald Reagan, 1994 – William J. Clinton, and 2004 – George W. Bush.
From the Hopper
As preservationists, we know that each building we research or rehab has a story to tell; as practitioners working within the federal preservation program, we know that each preservation project has it’s own story, too. And that’s the story we want to tell; how did you use federal and state programs, apply for tax credits, or use the power of community advocacy to save a historic place. Submit your Story today →
Rocco Termini is currently converting an old Belt Line factory building into 22 apartments. “Rents in Buffalo are too low to be able to amortize the kind of debt needed to do these buildings. Tax credits cover that gap that make them possible,” added Termini. But there are concerns, Rocco Termini warning that actions in Washington could affect the future of historic tax credits and any cuts made would have “dire” consequences for Buffalo Development.