Message #113:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: ACHP Funding Alert
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 96 09:38:00 MST
Encoding: 376 TEXT


From: Loretta_Neumann

The best defense, they say, is a good offense.  Last year we had a bitter 
battle to save the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation from being 
terminated by the Congress.  The House Appropriations Committee attempted to 
cut most of the Council's funding and to use what was remaining to close 
down the Council.  This would not have saved taxpayers much money--the 
Council's budget was only about $3 million a year.  But it would have 
removed a key partner in the national preservation program and drastically 
weakened the protections afforded by the National Historic Preservation Act. 


The Council is in danger again.  This year, we have a battle on two fronts. 
 The first involves the Council's basic authority under the National 
Historic Preservation Act for its funding, which expires this year and needs 
reauthorization.  The other is the annual appropriations for the 1997 fiscal 
year, which starts October 1, 1996.  Both require the enactment of 
legislation, not an easy task in this very political, election year.

This memo will summarize the current situation with both the Council's 
authorization and its fiscal 1997 appropriations. It will also provide some 
suggestions on how you can help.  The time to work on these issues is NOW, 
and we need EVERYONE who cares about protecting our nation's archaeological 
and historical heritage to help.

[Note: The material in this memo is copyrighted by CEHP Incorporated.  It 
may, however,  be reprinted and reproduced in whole or in part if credit is 
given to both ACRA and CEHP Incorporated.]

OVERVIEW OF THE COUNCIL
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation was established nearly 30 
years ago by the National Historic Preservation Act.  It is an independent 
federal agency, funded as part of the appropriations for the Department of 
the Interior and Related Agencies. The Council is composed of 20 members 
from government and the private sector, and has a small staff based in 
Washington, DC and Denver, CO.  A major role of the Council is under Section 
106 of the National Historic Preservation Act which requires all federal 
agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic 
properties and to give the Council an opportunity to comment on them.  This 
latter provision, while not a "veto" over federal projects, does serve to 
help assure that preservation needs are balanced with other important 
 public interests.

REAUTHORIZATION
Rep. James Hansen (R-Utah) has introduced H.R. 3031, to reauthorize funding 
for the Council at $5 million annually through the year 2002. Rep. Hansen 
chairs the House Resources Committee's Subcommittee on National Parks, 
Forests and Lands.  He introduced the bill "on request," which means that he 
did it as a courtesy by virtue of his position, but he does not necessarily 
support the bill.  His subcommittee held a hearing on the legislation on 
March 20. No further action has been taken. However, congressional staff 
have indicated that the bill could be "marked up" (that is, amended and 
voted on) the end of May. The staff also indicate that the bill may have a 
rough time in the subcommittee, as 11 of the 15 Republicans voted against 
Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)  amendment last  year to restore funding for 
the Council.

No legislation to reauthorize the Council has yet been introduced in the 
Senate. The Council has sent a letter to the Sen. Frank Murkowski 
(R-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, 
requesting him to introduce the bill.

APPROPRIATIONS
The President's budget for fiscal 1997 includes $2.5 million for the 
Council.  This is level funding from last year, actually less since it does 
not take into account inflation or other normal cost increases. 
 Preservation groups are supporting $3 million for the Council which is 
still below its previously authorized level of $5 million.  The House 
Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has finished its hearings on the fiscal 
1997 appropriations and is expected to begin marking up a bill in May. The 
Senate will likely begin its work shortly thereafter.

ACTION NEEDED
Most of the major national archaeology and historic preservation 
organizations have written and testified in support of the Advisory Council 
and other programs funded through the appropriations for the Department of 
the Interior & Related Agencies.  Most, like ACRA, have submitted testimony 
in support of the Council's reauthorization--including the National 
Conference of State Historic Preservation  Officers, Preservation Action, 
National Trust, Society for Historical Archaeology, and Society for American 
Archaeology, among others.

These efforts may be fruitless unless Members of Congress also hear from 
their constituents back home.   We need your help!  Below are sample letters 
that you can download and edit to include your own personal messages, 
followed lists of the members of the relevant committees.  Even if your 
representative or senator is NOT on the list, write to them anyway, but word 
the letter accordingly and urge them to contact the chairman of the relevant 
committee urging that the cited action be taken.

ADDRESSES
If you have access to the World Wide Web, you can get the names and e-mail 
addresses and Web sites for Members of Congress through ACRA's home page, 
which also contains some useful links to cultural resources information. The 
address is .  Click on "Who 
and How to Lobby for cultural resources issues" in the middle
of the ACRA home page.

The Council's own Web site provides interesting and timely information on 
the role and function of the Council.  The address is .

The "mother lode" of information about the Congress is through the "Thomas" 
Web site maintained by the Library of Congress (named for Thomas Jefferson). 
You can get access through it to all the Members who are on-line and  also 
committees.  The address is: 

If all else fails, and you are not sure of the name of your representative 
or senators, send us an e-mail message to  and we will 
try to locate him or her. Be sure and provide us with the name of your home 
town and your zip code.  Please e-mail, send or fax us copies of your 
correspondence, and any responses you receive. Our "snail mail address" is 
CEHP Incorporated, 1627 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20006. Fax: 
(202) 293-1782.

LETTERS
Note: The following letters can be modified, depending on whether or not 
your Representative is on the House Resources Committee or Interior 
Appropriations Subcommittee or the Senate  (check the lists that follow all 
the letters below.)  Note, if he is on the Interior Appropriations 
Subcommittee (and there are only males on it), send ONLY the version of the 
letter that follows after the Senate letter).  If your member is named in 
the letter (e.g., Rep. Young, Rep. Hansen, Senator Murkowski), simply urge 
them to act favorably on the bill as soon as possible.

Use your personal or professional letterhead, as appropriate. Be sure and 
include your full name and address so you can receive a response. And 
remember to send us copies of your letters and any responses you receive.

LETTERS TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON COUNCIL'S REAUTHORIZATION

The Honorable    [full name]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative [last name]:

I am a constituent who is concerned about assuring the continuation of the 
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.  I am writing to ask you to 
support H.R. 3031, a bill to reauthorize funding for the Council for five 
years.

The bill is pending before the House Resources Committee. [As a member of 
 the House Resources Committee, your support for H.R. 3031 is especially 
critical.]  Please urge Committee Chairman Don Young and National Parks 
Subcommittee Chairman James Hansen  to act favorably on the legislation as 
soon as possible.

The Council was created as an independent federal agency by the National 
Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to advise the President and Congress on 
national historic preservation matters and to direct the process established 
under Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act of protecting 
historic properties from harm by federal undertakings.  The Council has 
played a significant and vital role in addressing major issues affecting 
archeological resources and historic sites.

[Give a specific example of how the federal review process has or could 
benefit historic properties in your community.]

I would appreciate knowing your intentions on this matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,

LETTERS TO THE SENATE ON COUNCIL'S REAUTHORIZATION

The Honorable            [full name]
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator [last name]:

I am a constituent who is concerned about assuring the continuation of the 
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.  I am writing to ask you to 
support legislation  to reauthorize funding for the Council for five years. 
 Such legislation was introduced in the House (H.R. 3031 by Representative 
James Hansen).  No similar legislation has yet been introduced in the 
Senate.

[As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, your 
support for the Council  is especially critical.] I strongly urge you to 
sponsor a companion bill to H.R. 3031 in the Senate and to urge Committee 
Chairman Murkowski to act favorably on the legislation as soon as possible.

The Council was created as an independent federal agency by the National 
Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to advise the President and Congress on 
national historic preservation matters and to direct the process established 
under Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act of protecting 
historic properties from harm by federal undertakings.  The Council has 
played a significant and vital role in addressing major issues affecting 
archeological resources and historic sites.

[Give a specific example of how the federal review process has or could 
benefit historic properties in your community.]

I would appreciate knowing your intentions on this matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,

LETTERS TO HOUSE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

This letter is ONLY to Members of the House of Representatives who are also 
Members of the Interior Appropriations Committee and also to the Chairman 
and ranking member of the full Appropriations Committee. (Modify it if 
writing directly to the chairmen and ranking members to urge them to act 
favorably on the request for $3 million for the Council.)  See list that 
follows these letters.

The Honorable [Full Name of Your Representative]
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative [Last Name]:

As a constituent, I am writing to urge your support for funding of $3 
million for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as part the fiscal 
year 1997 Appropriations for the Department of the Interior and Related 
Agencies.

As a member of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, your support 
for the Council is critical.

The Council was created as an independent Federal agency by the National 
Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to advise the President and Congress on 
national historic preservation matters and to direct the process established 
under Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act of protecting 
historic properties from harm by Federal activities.  The Council has played 
a significant and vital role in addressing major issues affecting 
archeological resources and historic sites.

[Give a specific example of how the federal review process can benefit 
historic properties in your community.]

I would appreciate knowing your intentions on this matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,

COMMITTEE LISTS
Note, for the House Resources and Senate Energy Committees, we are including 
the full committee lists, with stars indicating members of the subcommittees 
that have jurisdiction over historic preservation. For the Appropriations 
Committee, we are including only the full committee chairman and ranking 
members and the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.

HOUSE RESOURCES COMMITTEE
The House Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Park, Forests and 
Lands chairman is Rep. Jim Hansen (R-Utah) and the ranking member is Rep. 
Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico).

The full House Resources Committee chairman is Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and 
the ranking member is Rep. George Miller (D-California).

Committee Members:
* (starred members are also members of the Subcommittee on National Parks, 
Forests & Lands)

Republicans
        Don Young, Alaska, Chairman
        Billy Tauzin, Louisiana
        *James Hansen, Utah
        Jim Saxton, New Jersey
        Elton, Gallegly, California
        *John Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
        *Joel Hefley, Colorado
        *John Doolittle, California
        *Wayne Allard, Colorado
        Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
        Ken Calvert, California
        *Richard Pombo, California
        *Peter Torkildsen, Massachusetts
        *J.D. Hayworth, Arizona
        Frank Cremeans, Ohio
        *Barbara Cubin, Wyoming
        *Wes Cooley, Oregon
        *Helen Chenoweth, Idaho
        *Linda Smith, Washington
        *George Radanovich, California
        Walter Jones, North Carolina
        Mac Thornberry, Texas
        Richard Hastings, Washington
        Jack Metcalf, Washington
        Jim Longley, Maine
        *John Shadegg, Arizona
        *John Ensign, Nevada

Democrats
        George Miller, California, Ranking Minority Member
        Edward Markey, Massachusetts
        *Nick Joe Rahall, II, West Virginia
        *Bruce Vento, Minnesota
        *Dale Kildee, Michigan
        *Pat Williams, Montana
        Sam Gejdenson, Connecticut
        *Bill Richardson, New Mexico
        Peter DeFazio, Oregon
        *Eni F.H. Faleomavega., America Samoa
        Tim Johnson, South Dakota
        Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii
        *Gerry Studds, Massachusetts
        Solomon Ortiz, Texas
        Owen Pickett, Virginia
        *Frank Pallone, Jr., New Jersey
        Calvin M. Dooley, California
        *Carlos Romero-Barcelo, Puerto Rico
        *Maurice Hinchey, New York
        *Robert Underwood, Guam
        Sam Farr, , California
        *Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island


SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
The full Senate Energy Committee chairman is Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) 
and the ranking member is Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-Louisiana).

The Senate Subcommittee on Park, Historic Preservation, and Recreation 
chairman is Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming) and the ranking member is Sen. 
Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas).

Committee Members:
* (starred members are also members of the Subcommittee on Parks, Historic 
Preservation, and Recreation)

Republicans
        Frank Murkowski, Alaska, Chairman
        Mark Hatfield, Oregon
        Pete Domenici, New Mexico
        *Don Nickles, Oklahoma
        Larry Craig, Idaho
        *Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado
        *Craig Thomas, Wyoming
        Jon Kyl, Arizona
        *Rod Grams, Minnesota
        *James M. Jeffords, Vermont
        Conrad Burns, Montana

Democrats
        J. Bennett Johnston, Louisiana
        *Dale Bumpers, Arkansas
        Wendell H. Ford, Kentucky
        *Bill Bradley, New Jersey
        Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico
        Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii
        *Paul Wellstone, Minnesota
        *Howell Heflin, Alabama
        Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota


HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS  SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR & RELATED AGENCIES
The full House Appropriations Committee chairman is Rep. Bob Livingston 
(R-Louisiana) and the ranking member is Rep. David Obey (D-Wisconsin).

The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman is Rep. Ralph Regula 
(R-Ohio) and the ranking member is Rep. Sidney Yates (D-Illinois).

Subcommittee Members:

Republicans
        Ralph Regula, Ohio, Chairman
        Joseph McDade, Pennsylvania
        Jim Kolbe, Arizona
        Joe Skeen, New Mexico
        Barbara Vucanovich, Nevada
        Charles Taylor, North Carolina
        George Nethercutt, Washington
        Jim Bunn, Oregon

Democrats
        Sidney Yates, Illinios, Ranking Minority Member
        Norman Dicks, Washington
        Tom Bevill, Alabama
        David Skaggs, Colorado