President Obama Signs Hurricane Sandy Relief Legislation into Law

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Shaw Sprague

On January 29, President Obama signed into law a $50.5 billion recovery package for states that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The National Trust, in conjunction with Preservation Action, NCSHPO, and others, had been working for the past several months to advance a legislative proposal that would help affected communities restore their historic resources. The proposal—modeled after the Hurricane Katrina response—included language that would provide supplemental funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), make targeted and temporary increases to the historic tax credit, and include funding for the National Park Service to rebuild its historic sites. The National Trust applauds Congress and the White House for finalizing a relief package that includes $50 million for the HPF and $348 million for the National Park Service. With these critical funds, communities will move forward with repairs to their historic and cultural assets, and the National Park Service will have the funding it needs to repair to some of our nation’s most iconic places, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. While Congressional leaders have expressed support for an accompanying Hurricane Sandy tax relief package, which could include increases to the historic tax credit, no legislation has been introduced to date. The National Trust will continue to work with Congress as opportunities to address tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy are examined.

About Shaw Sprague

Shaw Sprague is the director for Government Relations and Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.