Your Congress in Action: Vol. 12

09/03/2020 1:00 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

Your Congress in Action is a series that highlights the Capitol Hill news that affects CRM firms the most. This information is sourced from the Coalition for American Heritage, news articles, and more. Be sure to subscribe to the ACRAsphere to ensure you don't miss an update.

  • Congressional negotiations over additional pandemic relief legislation are still deadlocked.
  • The Attorney Generals of California and Washington are leading a group of 23 states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s changes to NEPA. More information on the lawsuit is available in this article in the New York Times.
  • The African American Burial Ground Network Act was featured in a piece by National Geographic. Read the full feature here.
  • The Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), is championing several anti-regulatory bills offered by its members. The newest bill to gain their support is HR 8035, which would require agencies to disclose data in support of a proposed regulation as part of the rule making process. Disclosure requirements would include an estimating regulatory impact on wages and jobs.
  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill to create a national historic trail along the “Ox- Bow Route” which began in St. Louis or Memphis and transported passengers and mail to San Francisco.
  • ACRA is encouraging members to contact their SHPOs and/or state archaeologists regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their operations and budget for historic preservation in their state. For resources and more details to contact your SHPO or state archaeologist, click here.
  • As we head into election season, it is important to make sure your vote is counted – early, if possible. can help you check your registration, polling places, and make a request for an absentee ballot. You can share this information with others in your firm and your community to ensure their voices are heard as well.
  • The U.S. Forest Service published draft revised rules on oil and gas development on national forests on 8/31. The proposed rule is available here. The comment period closes on November 2.

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