House & Senate Appropriations Panel Approve Park Service Funding

On June 27, 2007, by a vote of 272-155 the House of Representatives passed the FY 2008 Interior and Related Agencies spending bill (HR 2643) .

The bill (H.R. 110-187) provides significant funding increases for history-related programs at the National Park Service (NPS). The Historic Preservation Fund at NPS would receive $81.5 million, a $16 million increase over FY 2007 funding levels.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved its version of the bill (S. 1696) on June 21. The bill provides $75 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (S. Rept. 110-91).

NPS Historic Preservation activities by Program Area
FY 2008 House passed bill (H.R. 2643) v. Senate Appropriations Committee bill (S. 1696)
In Thousands of Dollars

State Historic Preservation Offices – 45,000 vs. 39,000
Tribal Grants – 6,500 vs. 6,000
Save America’s Treasures – 20,000 vs. 30,000
Preserve America – 10,000 vs. 5,000
Heritage Partnership Program – 20,000 vs. 15,000

Both the House and Senate bills declined to provide funding for a proposed National Inventory of Historic Properties within the National Park System.