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Congress Passes and President Signs Year-End CR for FY'11 Spending with Preservation Funding Cuts
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Save America's Treasures, National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Obama, federal budget, Preserve America
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Website: http://www.nthp.org

Congress passed a final year-end continuing resolution (CR) to finally conclude FY'11 appropriations.  The six-month CR includes $38.5 billion in spending cuts, including elimination of the Save America's Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America programs.  State and Tribal Preservation Historic Preservation Offices received FY’10 level funding of $54.5 million.  Overall, the Interior bill received $29.2 billion but was cut 8.1 percent or $2.62 billion below FY’10 enacted levels.  The House passed the bill on Thursday by vote of 260-167 and the Senate cleared it the same day by a vote of 81-19.  The bill was immediately sent to President Obama for signature before the current CR expired on April 15th.

While preservationists are stinging from the loss of funding for two of its signature programs, the CR also contained a number of cuts across agencies that directly and indirectly affect historic preservation, national parks and land acquisition, public lands, housing and community development, transportation and sustainability, farmland protection, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Below is a list of the broad range and scope of the cuts enacted under the CR.

Historic Preservation:

  • Save America’s Treasures (-$25 million) and Preserve America (-$4.6 million) funding were eliminated.

National Parks and Land Acquisition: 

  • National Park Service -- $2.6 billion overall funding with $2.3 billion for provided for operations, a decrease of -$127.2 million from the FY 2010 enacted level.
  • NPS Park Partnership Grants to fund merit-based signature projects and programs throughout the park system. These grants allow the NPS to leverage, from non-federal sources, no less than 50 percent of the total cost of each project - $25 million eliminated.
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund – land acquisition was cut by -$71.6 million leaving a total of $301 million for the purchase and protection of lands – an overall cut of 33 percent (-$149 million) below FY 2010 funding levels for LWCF.

Public Lands:

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - total funding $1.1 billion, but a 1.5 percent decrease (-$18 million) from FY 2010.
  • “Protecting BLM Lands” Executive Order – prevents any funding from being used for Secretarial Order No. 3310 “Protecting Wilderness Characteristics on Lands” managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Transportation: 

  • High Speed Rail Corridors -- zeroed out. 
  • CR provides new funding for TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) grants of $528 million.  TIGER grants include transportation projects that include livability, sustainability and affordable housing criteria.

?Housing and Community Development:

  • HUD Economic Development Initiative (EDI) bricks-and-mortar grants and neighborhood stabilization programs -- zeroed out. 
  • Community Development Fund (including CDBG) was cut by $942 million to $3.5 billion from FY’10.

Farmland Protection:

  • Conservation Stewardship Programs under the Agriculture Department, which includes the Farmland Protection Program, were reduced $39 million below FY’10 funding levels.  The Farmland Protection Program provides cost-share assistance for the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands that contain historic and cultural resources.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:

The CR provides the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with $1.8 billion, which is $368 million above the previously House-passed measure but $408 million below fiscal 2010. Net spending on energy efficiency programs is further reduced by elimination of $116 million in earmarked funds.

Other:

  • Earmarks -- any language specifying an earmark in an appropriations act for FY 2010 is eliminated.
  • Rescission – the final package includes a two-percent, across-the-board rescission in all discretionary programs.  

 

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

 


Keywords: Save America's Treasures, National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Obama, federal budget, Preserve America

Posted: April 18, 2011
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