President Trump submitted his first full year budget proposal to Congress on May 23rd and included in the multi-trillion dollar document are several major potential impacts to preservation.

While a president’s budget proposal is far from a final document, it does set the tone of discussion and can often be a starting point for congressional appropriators. In the proposed FY18 budget, the Trump administration proposes several measures that could negatively impact history and preservation efforts around the nation:

Several additional major programs are proposed to receive final year funding in FY18 with total elimination in FY19:

In addition to “core” preservation programs, the proposed budget would also impact many other programs that impact the work of the broader preservation community, including:

What can you do?

Fortunately, there is still time to take action to prevent many of these alarming proposals from becoming permanent law.

  1. Contact your federal legislators and ask them to defend funding to history and preservation. Be sure to call out examples from above that matter to you and your community. Find your legislator here.
  2. Spread the word and ask your friends to contact their legislators. More voices matter.
  3. Consider making a contribution to our Preservation Advocacy Fund which helps us bring our message to Annapolis and Washington.

Read the full FY18 Budget Proposal Document

Read the Department of the Interior Detailed Budget Proposal

Make a Donation to the Advocacy Fund