As you’re seeing in the national news, Congress is poised to move forward on infrastructure legislation, including a vehicle that could carry Historic Tax Credit (HTC) provisions, as early as next week.
Great news? Possibly not! The $3.5 trillion bill recently passed by the House Ways & Means Committee is expected to be significantly reduced in size and scope. It’s critically important that your member of Congress hear from you that the HTC provisions included in the Ways & Means reconciliation package remain in the next version of the package. Please make contact with your members of Congress ASAP!
As the HTC provisions are included in the reconciliation package, which is a Democratic-led process, it is essential to engage Democratic members of Congress. Constituents of Democratic Members of Congress, please call or email your House Member and Senators and ask for Historic Tax Credit enhancement provisions to be included in the final infrastructure legislation.
To call the Capitol Switchboard to connect with your House Member and Senators: 202-224-3121
You may also send a message of support through your federal legislators’ websites. Click here to search for your Representative’s contact information. Introduce yourself as a constituent and explain:
“The Historic Tax Credit is the single most important tool for historic preservation. Unfortunately, it has not been improved since the 1980s. Please support and protect the Historic Tax Credit provisions in the House Reconciliation Infrastructure Bill. The current draft would benefit ALL HTC-eligible projects from Main Street to large-scale rehabilitation efforts across the country. Help us preserve more and preserve better!”
Click here for more details on the bill provisions and talking points.
In mid-September, House committees approved a $3.5 trillion package of bills to support rebuilding our communities and preserving our nation’s most important historic buildings. The bills include enhancements to the HTC, the most successful federal program that supports historic preservation.
The following HTC provisions were included in the bill passed out of the Ways and Means Committee.
To read the full text of the section-by-section breakdown of the infrastructure bill, click here (HTC on Pages 3 and 4).
If passed, this would be the biggest improvement and expansion to the HTC in a generation. The changes would benefit ALL HTC-eligible projects, from Main Street to large-scale rehabilitation efforts across the country. As the Biden Administration and the Senate engage in further negotiations with the House, the $3.5 trillion bill is expected to be significantly reduced in size and scope. We need your help to support advocacy efforts. Help us preserve more and preserve better!