Coalition Letter on Upcoming Relief Bill

04/30/2020 5:03 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

ACRA and its partners at the Coalition for American Heritage have sent a letter to House and Senate leadership regarding investments in historic preservation in the upcoming CARES 2 bill. The bill is aimed at providing further relief and economic stimulation in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter asks Congress to utilize investments in historic preservation to ensure the continued operation of government services and to spur economic growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes asking that CARES 2:

  • avoid creating any legislative exemptions from permitting reviews designed to identify and preserve cultural resources and historic properties;
  • provide $120 million for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to enable their work while social distancing policies are in place and support local economic recovery;
  • allocate $300 million to existing competitive grant programs in the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF);
  • incorporate the recommendations of the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (S.2615/HR. 2825); and
  • provide additional funding for the national endowments and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Read the full letter here, and stay tuned to the ACRAsphere for further updates.

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