Lawmakers Return From August Recess Next Week. Critical Time for Preservation Advocates
Congress will return next week after an abbreviated August Recess to a busy schedule. High on their agenda will be finishing work on several appropriations bill. Lawmakers are further along in the appropriations process than in recent years, but face a September 30th deadline. The Interior Appropriations Bill passed the House in July and the Senate in early August, now the differences between the two bills will be worked out in conference committee, including differences in funding levels for historic preservation. The
FY19 House Interior Appropriations bill
funds the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) at $101.41 million, while the
funds the HPF at $91.91 million.
Preservation Action will continue to work with members of Congress, especially conference committee members, to ensure funding for the HPF is retained and enhanced, but we'll need your help!
This will be a critical time for preservation advocates to reach out to their lawmakers to ensure the increases for the HPF achieved in the House bill are included in the final bill. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out how you can help!