Fiscal Year 2012 Senate Interior Appropriations Bill Boosts Monies for Historic Preservation Fund, Restores Save America’s Treasures Funding
Posted October 24, 2011 | Contact email@example.com or 202-588-6141
The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee released late today its proposed FY12 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The National Trust for Historic Preservation released this statement:
“We applaud Chairman Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Murkowski (R-AK) for their strong support for the Historic Preservation Fund. The funding levels proposed in the Senate bill exceed those proposed by the House or in the existing FY12 Continuing Resolution, and those enacted into law last year,” said Tom Cassidy, Vice President for Government Relations at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Senate Interior Appropriations bill would provide $47 million to State Historic Preservation Offices, an increase of $593,000 over FY11. Tribal Historic Preservation Officers would receive $9 million, an increase of $1,016,000 over FY11. And, the Senate restores $8M for Save America’s Treasures, a competitive grant program that has provided critical funding for federal and private partnerships to preserve such iconic American treasures as the Star Spangled Banner, Rosa Parks’ bus, Ellis Island, Thomas Edison’s Invention Factory and the September 11 National Memorial’s Vesey Stairway. The Save America’s Treasures program received no funding in the two previous years.
The Senate action ensures that State Historic Preservation Officers and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers can implement critical national historic preservation programs. One of these programs is the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a job-creating community revitalizing tax incentive that created over 145,000 jobs and leveraged more than $8.8 billion in private investment in FY09 and FY10.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.