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Year End Omnibus Bill Possible for FY’10 Interior Appropriations
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Year End Omnibus Bill, FY’10 Interior Appropriations, Historic Preservation Fund, historic preservation funding, Save America's Treasures, Preserve America, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, SHPO
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Website: http://www.preservationnation.org

The prospects for completing an Interior Appropriations bill (HR 2996) conference to resolve spending differences between the House and Senate regarding historic preservation funding grew dimmer this week as lawmakers began work on a second temporary continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government past October 31st and are laying the groundwork for a year-end omnibus to finish the remaining spending bills and conference reports. It is unclear if appropriators and Interior conferees will put off conferencing the Interior bill entirely as Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) stated this week that he hopes the Senate will finish up an omnibus bill by the Thanksgiving recess or the first of December. The Interior, Defense and Transportation-HUD spending bills are ready for conference and it is possible one of the three may pass individually while the remaining bills would be rolled into the omnibus. In addition, no final decisions have been made about the possible length of the second temporary CR, which would affect the timing of the year-end omnibus bill.

Given the uncertainty of rolling several large spending bills together in an omnibus, the National Trust is concerned about the lack of opportunity to advocate for the higher funding levels approved in the House-passed version of the Interior bill if there is no formal conference on the bill. However, the House has scheduled time for floor debate to consider the Interior conference report for October 29th, which bodes well for a formal conference playing out early next week.

As previously reported, the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) spending ($90.675 million) in the House Interior Appropriations bill allocates $46.5 million for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), $8 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs), $30 million for Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants, and $6.175 million for the Preserve America. The Senate version of the Interior bill matches the House funding levels for SHPOs and THPOs, but reduces funding for SAT grants ($20 million) and Preserve America ($3.175 million) for a total of $74.5 million for the HPF. In addition, the Senate bill funds Preserve America out of the National Park Service’s National Recreation budget instead of the HPF.

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

 


Keywords: Year End Omnibus Bill, FY’10 Interior Appropriations, Historic Preservation Fund, historic preservation funding, Save America's Treasures, Preserve America, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, SHPO

Posted: October 23, 2009
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