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House Committee Approves Parks Centennial Bill
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - House Natural Resources Committee, National Parks, National Park Service funding, National Parks Centennial Initiative
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.preservationnation.org

The House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 3094, a bill to authorize new mandatory funding for national parks, but lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on how to offset the added spending. The bill would create a new fund for special “signature projects” at national parks as a supplement to annual appropriations and implement the administration’s the National Parks Centennial Initiative, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the parks system in 2016. Funding would come through the annual appropriations process and would give priority to projects that receive matching funding from private donations.

However, the Committee approved a substitute amendment by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recognizing that the new funding source would not provide enough revenue to support $100 million a year in mandatory spending over 10 years, as specified in the original bill. Instead, the Grijalva substitute would fund the program at $30 million a year. Grijalva described the language as a “placeholder” and said that lawmakers would continue to negotiate where the offsets should come from to reach the bill’s original target spending level.

The National Trust supports the efforts to increase funding for the Parks System centennial and especially for maintenance and upkeep of historic and cultural resources and sites in the parks.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: House Natural Resources Committee, National Parks, National Park Service funding, National Parks Centennial Initiative

Posted: May 12, 2008
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