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Executive Order Targets Congressional Earmarks in FY’09 and Beyond
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Save America’s Treasures, Transportation Enhancements project funding,
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

President Bush signed an executive order (E.O. 13457) on January 30th that calls for the elimination of congressional earmarks in all future spending bills, a prospect that could drastically effect key historic preservation programs that are heavily earmarked — such as Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants and Transportation Enhancements project funding. In a White Press release, the Administration stated that “for appropriations laws and other legislation enacted after the date of this order, executive agencies should not commit, obligate, or expend funds on the basis of earmarks included in any nonstatutory source, including requests in reports of committees of the Congress or other congressional documents, or communications from or on behalf of Members of Congress, or any other non-statutory source, except when required by law or when an agency has itself determined a project, program, activity, grant, or other transaction to have merit under statutory criteria or other merit-based decision-making.”

The new executive order will apply to earmarks Congress will send to the President in FY 2009 and will remain in effect unless it is repealed by a future President. To put this in context, over 80 percent of executive orders from 1993-2000 remain in place today. Some lawmakers have noted that the President’s order could have the effect of delaying the completion of the FY’09 appropriations spending bills until after the President leaves office in January 2009, when a new president could repeal the executive order.

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


Keywords: Save America’s Treasures, Transportation Enhancements project funding,

Posted: February 4, 2008
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