Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 18, June 02, 2017 →

Hearing Scheduled with Secretary Zinke on Proposed Budget for the Department of Interior

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies will hold a budget hearing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke next Thursday, June 8th, on President Trump’s proposed budget request. Last week, President Trump released the administrations fiscal year 2018 budget proposal to Congress. The Department of Interior budget proposal calls significant cuts to preservation programs, including a $29.8 million cut to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and the elimination of funding for National Heritage Areas. The complete HPF request is below.

President Trump’s FY18 HPF Budget Request

  • -SHPOs: $42.1 million ($5.8 million below FY17 levels)
  • -THPOs: $8.9 million ($1.5 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Civil Rights Grants: funding not requested ($13 million below FY17 levels)
  • -HBCU Preservation Program: funding not requested ($4 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Save America’s Treasures: funding not requested ($5 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Underrepresented Community Grants: funding not requested ($500,000 below FY17 levels)
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Preservation Action will continue to follow as the budget process continues through Congress, but we need your help. Reach out to your members of Congress and tell them to support funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and critical history and preservation programs. Let them know how these cuts impact you and your community. It is especially important if your members of Congress serve on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee or Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee.

Contact your members of Congress today! 

Join us June 14th for Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day

Join us June 14th in Washington, DC for a lobby day in support of the Historic Tax Credit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Tax Credit Coalition are organizing a Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day in Washington, DC to precede the Institute for Professional and Executive Development Annual Historic Tax Credit Summit on June 15 and June 16. Preservation Action is working to join grassroots constituents with developers to best show members of Congress the impact of the Historic Tax Credit.

With tax reform on the horizon we need your voice! If you’re interested in attending please email rnaylor@preservationaction.org and check out the link below for more information.

On the Hill: New Opportunity to Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit 

Members of Congress Celebrate National Preservation Month

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

National Historic Preservation Month just concluded. During May Preservation Action worked with the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus and statewide preservation organizations to submit a letter and encourage members of Congress to tour historic tax credit projects and visit historic sites while in-district. Thank you to everyone who reached out and helped make this a memorable Preservation Month.

Just this week, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) joined Arizona’s Historic Preservation Office and others to tour the Coffelt-Lamareoux public housing project in Phoenix. Coffelt-Lamareoux is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being rehabilitated with the help of the federal historic tax credit program. Rep. Gallego said of the historic tax credit:

“As a member of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus, I’m proud to work to ensure the continued success of this tax credit, which contributes to job creation, an expanded tax base, and spurred redevelopment, reinvestment and revitalization within my district”

We thank Rep. Gallego for his continued support of preservation and especially the historic tax credit.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Did your members of Congress visit historic preservation projects this May? Share stories and photos from your visits, email rnaylor@preservationaction.org. Of course inviting members of Congress to tour historic sites isn’t just limited to Preservation Month. The House and Senate will be on an in-district period July 1-8 and again for the August recess. One thing we heard time and time again from congressional staff during National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, was site visits help to show members of Congress the tangible impact of programs like the Historic Tax Credit. Contact your members of Congress and schedule a site visit today!

Stories From Around the States

Illinois: ” River Edge Historic Tax Credit Extension Heads to Governor’s Desk

Montana: “Meeting Will Update Work on National Heritage Area

Alabama: “Alabama History Fading Away at These Five Vital Sites

Maryland: “Webinar: Maryland Historic Tax Credit Webinar

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