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Legislation & Public Policy Issues in Preservation
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Historic Preservation Funding Subject to Appropriations Cycle Uncertainties
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - National Trust for Historic Preservation, preservation legislation, preservation funding, Interior Appropriations bill, Save America’s Treasures Program, State Historic Preservation Offices
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org

Historic preservation funding for fiscal year 2008 will remain subject to a brewing battle between Congress over overall discretionary spending limits and Iraq war funding come this fall. Although the House and Senate have approved preservation funding within their respective versions of the FY’08 Interior Appropriations bill (HR 2643), there remains precious little time for all of the appropriations bill to be considered and passed by both chambers in time for them to be reconciled and then sent to the President for signature before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1st.

The House plans to resume consideration of unfinished appropriations bills next week, but the Senate is in the midst of a two-week debate on the Defense authorization bill and amendments affecting possible timetables for troop redeployment in Iraq. The Senate’s scheduling, the month-long August congressional recess, and the administration’s veto threat against all of the appropriations bills that are over his proposed budget spending limits may result in a giant omnibus spending bill if the Congress and the President cannot come to terms on spending limits. Currently, the Congress is proposing to spend an additional $23 billion more than the president has proposed in his FY’08 federal budget.

Moreover, significant differences between the House- and Senate-approved funding levels for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) exist that will need to be reconciled even if there is an omnibus spending bill. For example, the House and Senate differ significantly on funding for the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), the Save America’s Treasures Program (SAT), and Preservation America funding. In addition, both chambers have included their earmarks for their share of SAT funding which will also need to be reconciled. In addition, the prospect of a large omnibus spending bill always raises concerns given that historic preservation fund could be subject to across-the-board cuts that often times are included as part of omnibus packages in order to meet spending limitations.

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


Keywords: National Trust for Historic Preservation, preservation legislation, preservation funding, Interior Appropriations bill, Save America’s Treasures Program, State Historic Preservation Offices

Posted: July 13, 2007
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