Great news comes from Erik Hein, President of Preservation Action:
This is a terrific day for preservation. After months of grassroots advocacy by all of us, as well as our partners through the Coalition to Fully Fund the Historic Preservation Fund, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) has introduced an amended CLEAR Act bill (H.R. 3534) that includes full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The bill originally only included full funding for the HPF’s sister fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A summary of the amended bill can be downloaded at http://www.preservationaction.org/10lobbying/clearactdiscussiondraft.pdf.
To brush up on the HPF, the CLEAR Act, and our efforts to achieve full funding, visit this page
To learn more about the Coalition to Fully Fund the HPF, visit www.fullyfundhpf.org.
The full press release issued by the House Committee on Natural Resources can be viewed here.
Great work everyone! The next step will be a hearing on the amended bill which is scheduled for June 30th.
Is Your Organization Involved?
St. Louis organizations and firms that are members of the Coalition to Fully Fund the Historic Preservation Fund are the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation, Friends of the San Luis and the Preservation Research Office. Your preservation or public history organization or firm’s voice is needed in coming weeks, so please lend it!
Contact Your Senator
The Rahall amendment may need strong support in the United States Senate to keep in the bill. Please contact your senator today with a brief note or phone call stating why funding the Historic Preservation Fund is important.