Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 18, Number 39, October 30, 2015 →
Congress Passes Budget Deal- Moves to President’s Desk
The House and Senate passed a budget deal this week that increases domestic and non-domestic spending and extends the debt limit until March 17th of 2017. The budget deal averts a possible default of the United States’ debt until after the 2016 presidential election and avoids a possible government shutdown until December 11th. The budget deal sets top line spending limits for FY16, which appropriators will use to begin working on an Omnibus spending bill.
For preservation programs, this deal extends FY15 spending levels until December 11th so appropriators can begin working of FY16 Appropriations. Currently the Historic Preservation Fund is funded at $56.4 million, of that $46.9 million is for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), $8.9 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), and $500,000 in grants for underrepresented communities. The FY16 House Interior Appropriations bill called for a $9 million increase to the HPF. The House bill included level funding for SHPOs and THPOs, included $6.5 million to preserve sites and stories associated with the Civil Rights Movement, and $2.5 million to civil rights sites at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) faces a different series of challenges; on September 30th authorization for the HPF was allowed to expire. The expiration of the HPF creates uncertainty for the future of one of our nation’s most important historic preservation programs. Tell congress to reauthorize the HPF today! Preservation Action will continue to lobby for immediate reauthorization of the HPF and will bring you the latest on the appropriations process as it develops in the coming weeks.
Paul Ryan Elected New Speaker of the House
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected and sworn in as the new Speaker of the House this week. This culminates a difficult few weeks for House republicans to come together on a new speaker, after former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his resignation from Congress. After the surprise announcement, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was the clear favorite to succeed Speaker Boehner, and when he dropped from consideration, it left the position of speaker wide open.
Speaker Ryan was elected to Congress in 1999 and represents the 1st district of Wisconsin. He most recently served at chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee since January 2015. He previously served as chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011 to 2015. In 2012 he was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President, running along side former Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.
Join Preservation Action at the National Preservation Conference Next Week
The National Preservation Conference starts next week and Preservation Action is hosting several events that we hope you’ll be able to join us for. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Past Forward Conference will run next week from Tuesday, Nov. 3rd to Friday, Nov. 6th and will bring together preservationists from across the country to Washington, D.C.
Preservation Action will be well represented throughout the conference, offering plenty of fun and exciting opportunities to network with fellow Preservation Action members. Check out the schedule below:
Stop by Preservation Action’s booth in the Exhibit Hall between 9:30am and 3:00pm on Thursday Nov. 5th and Friday Nov. 6th to learn more about what Preservation Action has been working on and bid on a couple of fantastic travel packages. This year Preservation Action Foundation will not have a traditional style auction as in year’s past, but will still feature a couple of great items you can stop by and bid on.
The Preservation Action Foundation will host a “Party for Preservation: Craft Beer at the Brewmaster’s Castle” fundraising event. Join us Thursday, Nov. 5th from 6-8pm at the historic Heurich House Museum in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C to support vital historic preservation advocacy and welcome Preservation Action’s new leadership, former Congressman Russ Carnahan and former Judge Debra Carnahan. Space is limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets today! You can purchase tickets online at paf-preservation-party.eventbrite.com. For questions, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets by check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us Friday, Nov. 6th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Capitol Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, following the closing luncheon, for the Preservation Action Annual Member Meeting. As always our annual member meeting is open to the public.
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