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FY'12 Omnibus Spending Bill Could Spell Trouble for Historic Preservation Funding
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Contributed By: National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy
Website: http://www.preservationnation.org

Federal funding for historic preservation in FY'12 may be decided in the next two weeks, provided lawmakers do not extend a temporary continuing resolution (CR) into early next year.  The FY’12 Interior appropriations bill, which provides funding for the national preservation program, will be rolled into a year-end omnibus bill with the other eight remaining spending bills -- which may preclude or curtail the opportunity to conference the bill with the House.

Currently, the temporary CR (which runs through December 16th) provides a much lower level of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund ($48.758 million) than the Senate ($64 million) version of the Interior bill.  Furthermore, a year-end omnibus bill could leave historic preservation funding vulnerable to across-the-board spending cuts if House budget hawks get their way in lowering final spending levels, particularly in light of the recent failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to come to agreement on a $1.2 trillion spending reduction plan over ten years.  

However, appropriators will be hard pressed to implement deep across-the-board cuts with the presidential election cycle kicking into high gear, which raises the specter of targeted programmatic spending cuts that could impact either individual programs or specific Interior Department accounts -- including historic preservation -- in the final omnibus bill.

Reprinted with permission from the National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy


Posted: December 7, 2011
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