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Two Major Preservation Tax Bills Now Pending in House
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Antiquities Act, Congress, National Landscape Conservation Act, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Contributed By: National Trust's Public Policy Department and Center for State and Local Policy

The House began consideration of the FY'12 Interior Appropriations Bill (HR 2584) on Monday under an open rule with the expectation of debate lasting at least through the weekend.  However, the collapse of the debt ceiling talks could take precedence as the House leadership scrambles to assemble an agreement before the default deadline of August 2nd.  Still, a number of hostile amendments to historic preservation and public lands conservation could spell trouble and might include defunding the Antiquities Act and the National Landscape Conservation Act; elimination of national heritage areas funding; overturning a ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon; and, a border protection amendment would exempt the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Civilian Border Patrol (CBP) from major environmental and preservation laws (including the National Historic Preservation Act) on public lands within 100 miles of the U.S. border.  In the early part of the week, an amendment to restore heritage areas funding by $8.408 million was offered by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) was defeated, but an amendment offered by Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) to increase the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by $20 million was approved by voice vote -- a very small victory given the bill cuts the LWCF by 80%!  The Trust and its advocacy coalition partners are ready to oppose all hostile amendments to historic preservation that might be considered during a weekend session if the congressional leadership and the White House are able to come to an agreement on the debt ceiling extension.

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

Keywords: Antiquities Act, Congress, National Landscape Conservation Act, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Posted: August 1, 2011
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