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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 17, Number 34, September 19, 2014 →

House and Senate Pass Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Funded until Dec. 11th

The U.S House of Representatives and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded until December 11th.  The House passed the resolution in 319-108 vote. The Senate quickly followed, passing the resolution 78-22. This Resolution means that the government will continue to be funded at 2014 levels through December 11th.

With Congress not likely to complete consideration of all 12 appropriations bills by the September 20th deadline, the C.R allows Congress to keep the government funded past Oct. 1 when the new fiscal year begins. The C.R passed by the House and Senate would give lawmakers until December 11th to pass the remaining FY 2015 Appropriations Bills or pass another continuing resolution.

Status of FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

Currently the FY 2015 Interior Appropriations Bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor. It passed the appropriations committee in a 29-19 vote. In the Senate, the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee released their FY 2015 Interior Appropriations Bill, but it is currently awaiting a vote in the Appropriations Committee.

Overall the House has passed the following FY 2015 Appropriations Bills:

Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriation Bill, Defense Appropriations Bill, Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, Financial Services Appropriations Bill, Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, Military and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Bill, and the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.

The following FY 2015 Appropriations are still awaiting votes on the House floor:

The Agriculture Appropriations Bill, State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, and Interior Appropriations Bill.

All of FY 2015 Appropriations Bills still await votes in the Senate.

National Park Service Releases Annual Economic Impact Report on the Federal Historic Tax Credit

The National Park Service (NPS) released the Annual Economic Impact Report of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) for FY 2013. The report found that in FY 2013 the federal HTC leveraged an estimated $3.8 billion of private investment in historic rehabilitation, produced 62,900 jobs, and contributed over $7.1 billion in output to the national economy and $3.6 billion in GDP. Follow the link below to read the full report.

Annual Report on the Economic lmpact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit for FY 2013→

Upcoming Events

2014 National Preservation Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting their annual National Preservation Conference Nov. 11-14, 2014. The conference will be held in historic Savannah Ga. For those unable to make it Savannah, the NTHP is offering the opportunity to attend the conference online. Don’t forget to join Preservation Action Foundation Nov. 12th at the National Preservation Conference for PAF’s annual Benefit Auction and Raffle.

For more information on the conference, including a complete schedule and how to register, follow the link below.

2014 National Preservation Conference →

Women in Preservation- Architect Barbie: The Debate and Discussion 3 Years Later

Women in Preservation is hosting special event, Architect Barbie: The Debate and Discussion 3 Years Later. The event will be held on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 at the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. The program and networking opportunity will include a discussion with the co-creators of Architect Barbie Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA and Despina Stratigakos, Ph.D. Visit the link below for more information and to register.

Women in Preservation- Architect Barbie →

Advocacy Week 2015

Preservation Action looks forward to seeing you in Washington, DC for the annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week Mach 2-4, 2015. Continue to follow Preservation Action for more information.

Monday, March 2nd – PA Member Meeting, Advocacy Training sessions

Tuesday, March 3rd – Advocacy Day on the Hill

Wednesday, March 4th – NCSHPO Annual Meeting

Preservation Action Foundation’s Advocacy Scholars Program- Call for Papers

Preservation Action Foundation is excited to announce it’s call for papers for the 2015 Advocacy Scholars Program. Are you or someone you know interested in historic preservation, planning, history, public policy, law, architecture or a related field and currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate program? If so, encourage them to apply to our Advocacy Scholars program, which offers a limited number of competitive scholarships to students interested in attending National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week (March 2-4, 2015) in Washington, D.C. The first year of the program was a huge success in training the next generation of preservation advocates and thanks to our many great sponsors, we are excited to announce the second year of the program.

Students selected as Advocacy Scholars are an important new part of the collective grassroots voice. Applications are now being accepted through Oct. 31. For more information on the program and application requirements, please visit the link below.

Advocacy Scholars Program →

Living Landscape Observer’s Advocacy Scholars Announcment →

Preservation Action Election Watch

Elections of Congressional representation in the US House of Representatives and US Senate are important acts of civic participation. This election, historic preservationists have an opportunity to engage candidates on the historic preservation issues important to you and your communities. Congressional leaders supportive of historic preservation are retiring from offices in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Who’s Leaving Congress

Roll Call’s Casualty List →

Midterm Election

Remember to vote. Midterm elections will be held on Nov. 4, 2014

National News

Space.com– “US Air Force Using Lasers to Preserve Historic Space Launch Pads

Stories From Around the States

New York– “49 Beautiful Old New York Buildings That No Longer Exist

Georgia– “Proposed Ordinance Could Hurt Preservation Efforts

Washington– “Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Now Accepting Grant Applications

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