Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 28, September 08, 2017 →
Amendment Restores Historic Preservation Fund to FY17 Levels
This week the House began debate on the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Bill (H.R 3354), the vehicle for passing the 8 remaining appropriations bills including the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. During the floor debate lawmakers agreed to an amendment that restores funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) back to FY17 enacted levels. The amendment was included as part of an en bloc package offered by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and approved by voice vote.
The bipartisan amendment, introduced by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Michael Turner (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Adam Smith (D-WA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Bill Keating (D-MA), would increase funding to the HPF by $5.5 million, restoring the Fund to FY17 enacted levels. Previous versions of the bill called for decreases to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and the Civil Rights Grants program The House Interior Appropriations bill now includes the following levels of funding for the HPF:
- SHPOs: $47.925 million, equal to FY17 enacted levels
- THPOs: $10.485 million, equal to FY17 enacted levels
- Civil Rights Grants: $13 million, equal to FY17 enacted levels
- Save America’s Treasures Grants: $5 million, equal to FY17 levels
- HBCU Preservation Program: $4 million, equal to FY17 levels
- Underserved Communities Grants: $500,000, equal to FY17 levels
H.R 3354 is expected to be approved by the House as early as next week. The Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held hearings, but has yet to release an FY18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The House and Senate also approved a short term spending bill this week, which would continue current levels of funding until Dec.15th. This provides more time to complete the FY18 appropriations process or, more likely, pass an omnibus appropriations package.
Preservation Action thanks Representatives Heck, Turner, Blumenauer, Adam Smith, Courtney, and Keating for their efforts and continued support of the HPF! While the appropriations process still continues, this is a huge step towards protecting vital funding for the HPF.
Add Your Organization/Business to the National Historic Tax Credit Sign-on Letter
Preservation Action, along with our partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Tax Credit Coalition, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and Main Street America are leading an organizational sign-on letter to send to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee in support of the Historic Tax Credit. As you know, the Historic Tax Credit is the most significant investment the federal government makes to preserve our nation’s historic properties. Currently, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee are writing legislation to reform the tax code and based on draft proposals like the “A Better Way” tax reform blueprint, released last June, the Historic Tax Credit could be eliminated.
Tax reform is now the top domestic policy agenda item for Congress and we need your help to protect the HTC! We’re off to a great start with over 1,000 signatures but need your help to have an even greater impact. Add your organization or business to the National HTC sign-on letter and share this request with your member and contacts! The deadline for signatures is Tuesday, September 12th. Sign-on TODAY!
Get Your Tickets for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party Auction!
Tickets are now available for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party and Auction on November 15, 2017 from 830pm-1030pm during the National Preservation Conference in Chicago, IL! The annual auction had long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Please join us immediately following the conference opening reception at the Cliff Dwellers Club, on the 22nd floor of the Borg-Warner building. Check out the auction webpage for more information. Get your tickets today!
Donate an Auction Item
You and your organization are invited to donate items, hotel stays, tours of historic sites, or other unique experiences to our Annual Silent and Live auction during the National Preservation Conference! A donation to our annual auction provides great exposure of your historic site to an active and interested group of people. Interested in donating an auction item? Check out our Auction request letter and donation form for more information!
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