Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 04, February 03, 2017 →
Senate Committee Advances Rep. Zinke Interior Secretary Nomination
This week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to lead the Interior Department. The senate committee voted 16-6, with 4 Democrats joining with the Republicans in voting to advance Rep. Zinke’s nomination. Rep. Zinke now moves to be considered by full Senate.
During his confirmation hearing, Rep. Zinke won over some Democrats with his clear and direct opposition to the selling of federally owned lands, which is a break from the view of many western Republicans. Others, including Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), remained skeptical due to his willingness to allow energy development on public lands, and opposed his nomination. Considering the bi-partisan committee vote and increased attention on other nominees, Rep. Zinke is likely to be easily approved as the next Secretary of Interior.
During the nomination process, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee also announced subcommittee assignments. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will chair the National Parks subcommittee and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) will serve as the subcommittee’s Ranking Member.
The National Park Service Designated 38 New Certified Local Governments in 2016
In 2016, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Park Service (NPS) designated 38 new Certified Local Governments (CLG). These 38 communities from across the United States will now be eligible for historic preservation guidance and grants. These 38 newly designated communities brings the total number of CLGs to 1,966.
The CLG program, created by the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, helps communities retain their historic character by identifying, evaluating, and protecting historic properties. Administered by the National Park Service, the program provides CLGs with access to expert technical assistance from NPS and State Historic Preservation Officers. CLGs are also eligible for exclusive grants through the Historic Preservation Fund.
“The Certified Local Government program not only preserves social, cultural, and ethnic heritage of communities across the country, but also promotes local economic growth and job creation related to tourism and historic preservation.” Acting NPS Director, Michael T. Reynolds said about the program.
Sen. Cardin Highlights Historic Tax Credit During Steve Mnuchin’s Treasury Secretary Confirmation Hearing
During the Senate Finance Committee’s confirmation hearing of Steve Mnuchin, President Trump’s nominee to head the Treasury Department, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) used the opportunity to highlight the success of the historic rehabilitation tax credit program and ask if the Administration would support the retention of the program during tax reform. Steve Mnuchin responded to Sen. Cardin’s question by saying he would “work with [Sen. Cardin] and other Members of Congress to ensure that the appropriate incentives are retained.” Steve Mnuchin’s nomination has since been approved by the committee, despite a boycott by the committee’s Democrats, and moves to the Senate floor, where he is expected to be confirmed.
Sen. Cardin is a great advocate for historic preservation, and especially for the historic tax credit. He along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act last year in the Senate and said he plans to reintroduce similar legislation in the current congress. As we’ve previously reported, efforts to reform the tax code as identified by congressional leaders and the Trump administration, threatens to repeal the historic tax credit. Preservation Action thanks Sen. Cardin for his remarks and continued support of historic preservation.
Check out the post from Preservation Maryland to read the complete transcript of Sen Cardin’s historic tax credit question and join us thanking Sen. Cardin for standing up for the historic tax credit.
Preservation Advocacy Week Registration Now Open!
Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!
Also be sure to reserve your room at the Liaison Hotel today and lock in a special group rate of $279/night by calling 1-888-513-7445 or reserving online and using group ID “NC0313”.
Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.
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Stories From Around the States
Pennsylvania: “Preserving the Past while Building the Future in Philadelphia“
California: “Help Shape the Future of California’s Heritage“