Senate Begins Debate on Interior Appropriations Bill, Amendment to Increase HPF Submitted
The Senate began debate on H.R 6147, which includes the Senate FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill, this week. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) submitted an amendment to increase the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) by $8 million, restoring funding levels to FY18 enacted levels. Currently the Senate Interior appropriations bill funds the HPF at $88.91 million, if approved the Cassidy/Gillbrand amendment would restore the HPF to $96.91 million. Senate debate on H.R 6147 will continue into next week.
Urge your senators to support the Cassidy/Gillibrand amendment during consideration of H.R 6147, to restore funding to the Historic Preservation Fund. Check out our latest Action Alert to learn more and fund out how you can help!
The House passed their
Interior appropriations bill last week which included $101.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, after the House agreed to similar amendments that restored and increased funding for the HPF. Preservation Action along with many of our partners sent a
letter in support of these amendments. Thanks to everyone that reached out to their Representative last week. Let's ensure the HPF has similar support in the Senate. Reach out to your Senators today and urge them to support the Cassidy/Gillbrand amendment during consideration of H.R 6147. If you live in New York or Louisiana be sure to thank Senators Cassidy and Gillibrand for their strong support of historic preservation.
Bipartisan Compromise Legislation to Address Deferred Maintenance at National Park Service Introduced in House
This week, a group of bipartisan lawmakers led by the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Restore our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R 6510). Similar to the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 3172) introduced last month in the Senate, the bill would address the deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service (NPS) by using revenue from energy development leases to establish a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund. This would be a dedicated fund and would not impact the Land and Water Conservation and Historic Preservation Fund. The bill would go further than the Senate version by also addressing the maintenance backlog at the Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management. Under the bill 80% of funds would be allocated to the NPS, while the remaining 20% would be for the other bureaus.
Currently the deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service is nearly $12 billion with an estimated 47% being attributed to historic resources. The Restore Our Parks Act is up to 18 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate and 55 cosponsors in the House. Preservation Action thank these members of Congress for their continued support of our National Parks. If your Senators and Representative have not already signed on as a cosponsor, urge them to cosponsor this important legislation. Contact your Senators and Representative today!
National Trust President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks, Announces She Will Step Down in December
The National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks, announced she would be stepping down from her position in December. The Board of Trustees for the National Trust will begin a search this month for the organization's next President.
Meeks took over leadership of the organization in 2010. During her tenure, the Trust launched the Campaign for America's National Treasures, which identifies significant, threatened sites across the country and campaigns to save them. The collection of National Treasure sites is now nearly 100. They also launched the
ReUrbanism Initiative and helped to lead the successful multi-year effort to save the Historic Tax Credit, just to name a few.
The National Trust is one of Preservation Action's most important strategic partners and we appreciate their continued support and collaboration during Stephanie Meek's tenure. We congratulate her on her many successes over the years and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the National Trust.
Gold Rush: Party Time! PAF Auction Returns on Nov. 14th in San Francisco
Preservation Action Foundation's annual auction last year in Chicago, IL.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds from this event are used to assist the education and training, advocacy, and programs of the Preservation Action Foundation. We are currently seeking donations of auction items like hotel stays, tours of historic sites and other unique experiences. This is a great way to highlight your organization and city/state to an active and interested group of people. Check out our website for more information and stay tuned as we'll be adding more information in the coming weeks.
Preservation Action is the only national
non-profit dedicated exclusively to lobbying for the best preservation policies at the federal level. We seek to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of government through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training.