Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 29, September 15, 2017 →
Tax Reform Efforts Moving Forward- Keep Up the Advocacy!
Lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to reform the tax code and could draft legislation as early as October. This week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX) said Congressional Republicans and the Administration aim to release consensus tax reform framework on September 25th. This framework will likely be sparse on details for tax credit programs like the Historic Tax Credit (HTC), but will inform the overall goals and rates Republican lawmakers hope to achieve. After the framework is released the House and Senate hope to pass a budget resolution by mid October, this will allow the Senate to pass tax reform legislation with a simple majority.
Members of Congress need to hear from you on the importance of the Historic Tax Credit program as they begin drafting tax reform legislation.
1. Schedule a Site Visit.
One of the best ways to demonstrate the success of the HTC is by inviting your members of congress to tour HTC projects while in-district. The House will be on an in-district period September 18-22 and October 16-20, and the Senate will be in recess September 21-22 and October 9-13. Check out this helpful guide for arranging site visits!
2. Ask Your Members to Cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act.
The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R 1158, S. 425) would make several changes to improve and enhance the HTC. Signing on as a cosponsor is a great way for members of congress to demonstrate their support for the HTC. Encourage your members of congress to cosponsor the HTC Improvement Act today!
3. *Deadline Extended* Add Your Organization to the HTC Sign on Letter
Preservation Action along with our partners are leading a letter to send to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee urging them to protect the Historic Tax Credit during tax reform. Deadline for signatures is September 21st. Add your organization and share with your networks today.
House Passes Spending Bill- Includes Amendment Restoring HPF Funding
This week the House passed the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Bill (H.R 3354), the vehicle for passing the 8 remaining appropriations bills including the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill passed along a mostly party line vote. During the floor debate lawmakers agreed to an amendment that restore $5.5 million in funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) back to FY17 enacted levels. The bipartisan amendment was cosponsored by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Michael Turner (R-OH), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Adam Smith (D-WA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Bill Keating (D-MA).
The Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held hearings, but has yet to release an FY18 Interior appropriations bill. Lawmakers passed a continuing resolution last week, extending funding levels into December where lawmakers will likely need to work on an omnibus package or another C.R.
Preservation Action sent letters to Representatives Heck, Turner, Blumenauer, Adam Smith, Courtney, and Keating thanking them for their efforts and continued support of the HPF!
Arrange a Candidate Forum on Historic Preservation in Your City
In 2017 there will be important mayoral and city council races across the country. A great way to ensure historic preservation is part of the conversation and find out where candidates stand on important preservation issues is to host a candidate forum! Hosting a candidates forum is one of the most direct ways to present yourself and your organization as relevant, and to promote preservation as an issue people care about. Check out our helpful guide detailing everything you need to know to organize an effective candidate forum in your city or state.
Upcoming Preservation Candidate Forums
Candidates Forum on Preservation, Sept. 19, 2017. Cincinnati
Preservation Action is pleased to support an upcoming candidates forum hosted by the Cincinnati Preservation Association, Over-the-Rhine Foundation, and the Cincinnati Preservation Collective. Candidates will discuss views on role of historic preservation and historic resources in the future of Cincinnati. Learn more.
Mayoral Forum: Shaping a Liveable Historic City, Sept. 19, 2017. New Orleans
Prospective mayoral candidates, LaToya Cantrell, Desiree Charbonnet and Michael Bagneris will discuss a number of issues that will shape the future of the historic city. The event is sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Learn more.
Get Your Tickets for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party Auction!
Tickets are now available for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party and Auction on November 15, 2017 from 830pm-1030pm during the National Preservation Conference in Chicago, IL! The annual auction had long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Please join us immediately following the conference opening reception at the Cliff Dwellers Club, on the 22nd floor of the Borg-Warner building. Check out the auction webpage for more information. Get your tickets today!
Donate an Auction Item
You and your organization are invited to donate items, hotel stays, tours of historic sites, or other unique experiences to our Annual Silent and Live auction during the National Preservation Conference! A donation to our annual auction provides great exposure of your historic site to an active and interested group of people. Interested in donating an auction item? Check out our Auction request letter and donation form for more information!
Congressman Mike Turner: “Turner & Historic Preservation Caucus Amendment Passes House“
Department of Interior: “Discover Hispanic Heritage at These Historic Sites“
Stories From Around the States
Florida: “Keep Loving Your Flooded Historic Building“