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FY 2012 Historic Preservation Funding is at Stake
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - FY 2012 spending bill, historic preservation funding, Save America's Treasures, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Contributed By: Preservation Action
Email The Author: mail@preservationaction.org
Website: http://www.preservationaction.org/actioncenter.htm

Prior to the debt crisis deal that was reached earlier this week, the House was in the midst of debating the FY 2012 spending bill for the Department of the Interior.  More than 200 amendments had been submitted, some further proposing spending cuts, some attacking exiting policies, and just as many countering said cuts and policy riders.  The end result, now that Congress is in summer recess, is that for the moment, there is no resolution - which means we have time to make a difference!

The bill being debated in the House, called for a 9% cut in spending for the Historic Preservation Fund, after already cutting 32% in FY 2011, offering not only a reduction in funding for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, but no funds for preservation project grants such as Save America's Treasures.

We need you to tell your Representatives and Senators not only how important our national heritage is, but that spending on historic preservation fuels the economy and creates jobs.  Ask appropriators to adequately fund the core programs of the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Specifically ask for a $50 million appropriation in FY 2012 for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), $11 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) and $9 million for fully competitive matching project grants run through the states (in lieu of Save America's Treasures). This modest request for the HPF is 11% less than FY 2010 and level with FY 2008.

It is important to remember that the Historic Preservation Fund is authorized at $150 million per year, but Congress has rarely appropriated half of that amount.  Funded by lease revenues from the Outer Continental Shelf, this is NOT funded by taxpayers. 

TO LEARN MORE, OBTAIN TALKING POINTS AND ONE-PAGERS, AND FOR A LIST OF KEY LEGISLATORS, VISIT THE ACTION CENTER at http://www.preservationaction.org/actioncenter.htm.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 202.637.7873 or at mail@preservationaction.org


Keywords: FY 2012 spending bill, historic preservation funding, Save America's Treasures, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Posted: August 5, 2011
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