Conference Committee Members Named for the Interior Appropriations Bill
This week congressional leaders named the conference committee members for the FY19 Interior Appropriations bill. The conference committee will reconcile the differences between the House and Senate passed versions of the bills, including the differences in funding levels for historic preservation.
FY19 House Interior Appropriations bill
funds the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) at $101.41 million, while the
funds the HPF at $91.91 million. Lawmakers have a short window to approve final appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th.
The Historic Preservation Fund provides funding for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and critically important grant programs. Preservation Action is urging conference committee members to include the funding levels for the HPF approved in the House bill. The House bill funds the HPF at $101.41 million, a $4.5 million increase over FY18 enacted levels, including important increases for the Civil Rights Preservation grant program and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Preservation Grant program.
Are your members of Congress on the Interior Appropriations conference committee? Contact your members of congress and urge them to support the HPF funding levels approved in the House passed FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill. Explain the HPF is funded through oil and gas lease revenue, not tax payer dollars and the HPF funds the work of State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and critically important grant programs that help support preservation projects across the country, including in their district/state.