Preservation Action is the voice of grassroots advocates across the nation and, because of that, we want to hear from you. When you speak, we listen.
For nearly 40 years, together, we have fought to make historic preservation a national priority and advocate for resources for historic preservation. Stories of preservation successes and challenges allows Preservation Action to raise awareness and impact public policy. In addition to requesting continued support for the Historic Preservation Fund and Historic Tax Credit programs, this year, our members asked us to speak to Congress about Flood Insurance Reform, the Hardest Hit Fund, and World Heritage Funding.
Working with members and partner organizations, we are meeting with Congress and working to fix skyrocketing flood insurance rates for historic homeowners resulting from the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform legislation passed in 2012. We secured an amendment in the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations bill to allow funding for World Heritage. Our members on the ground secured cultural resources reviews in Michigan prior to Hardest Hit Fund Demolitions.
As the first session of the 113th Congress winds down, preservation programs and funding continue to face threats. Federal agency budget cuts, looming tax reform, and an increasingly polarized Congress, puts the historic preservation funding and incentive programs the preservation community relies on at risk.
As we map out Preservation Action’s legislative agenda for 2014, we look to you, Preservation Action members and friends, to help shape our policy targets and priorities. We invite you to participate in our annual grassroots survey and give us feedback and a heads up on any issues you feel important to the future of historic preservation. We also invite you to encourage friends and colleagues to participate in the grassroots advocacy survey.