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house Bill H.R. 1135

Reauthorizing Historic Preservation Grants for Buildings at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Argument in favor

Historically Black Colleges and Universities need federal grants to preserve historic buildings on their campuses, and this ensures they get them for the next eight years.

Michael's Opinion
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06/25/2017
Historically black colleges have and continue to produce the majority of black college grads in this country and open a doorway to the middle class. We cannot erase history or progress.
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Max's Opinion
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06/25/2017
Jesus does this really need an explanation
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Eóin's Opinion
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06/25/2017
Race aside, if the buildings is historically significant in some manner, then I believe it should stand
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Argument opposed

Reauthorizing the historic preservation program through 2024 is too long, and $10 million per year may be more than is needed.

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06/25/2017
While historic Black Colleges and Universities should be preserved, it's not a Federal issue. Private alumni groups or even state historical societies can participate. Federal tax money being provided via the Park System sounds like a money grab fest of public funds.
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Zach's Opinion
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06/25/2017
No. Black Universities perpetuate de facto segregation thus undermining the unity of the American People.
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Gerry's Opinion
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06/25/2017
There should not be special favors based on race at all.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
      National Parks Subcommittee
  • The house Passed June 27th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1135?

This bill would reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program for fiscal years 2018-2024 and make $10 million available annually to fund it. The program preserves historic buildings on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through the National Park Service.

Impact

Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1135

$3.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost about $3 million per year and $16 million over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously and has the support of 47 cosponsors in the House, including 46 Democrats and one Republican.

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

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Official Title

To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program.

    Historically black colleges have and continue to produce the majority of black college grads in this country and open a doorway to the middle class. We cannot erase history or progress.
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    While historic Black Colleges and Universities should be preserved, it's not a Federal issue. Private alumni groups or even state historical societies can participate. Federal tax money being provided via the Park System sounds like a money grab fest of public funds.
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    Jesus does this really need an explanation
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    Race aside, if the buildings is historically significant in some manner, then I believe it should stand
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    HBCUs are part of our nation's history. The amount of money allocated by this bill is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money functioning HBCUs contribute to the economy, much less to the ridiculous amount the Trump regime wants to spend on their ridiculous border wall.
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    Yes! And Congress should redirect money from corporate welfare and tax breaks to the mega-rich to do so. It only seems fair. If you don't instinctively understand why then I can't imagine what I could possibly say here to help you with that. HBCUs add so much to the richness and diversity of this nation, as do their graduates. These universities tell a unique tale of American history that must always be preserved as they also contribute much to a better future for our nation. And in the grand scheme of things the proposed $10 million is a drop in the bucket. I expect Congress could easily recoup that from just a few of their very wealthy corporate executive buddies to whom they are currently diverting the riches of this nation. Support this bill!
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    No. Black Universities perpetuate de facto segregation thus undermining the unity of the American People.
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    Supporting historic preservation is a remarkably inexpensive way to promote understanding of the history of the nation. Contrary to several opinions, this is a minuscule amount of money compared to the bulk of the federal budget.
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    There should not be special favors based on race at all.
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    History is color blind. Historic preservation is a local issue. The federal government has no Constitutional role to play. It's just redistributing our taxes to favor one state or group over another. Bad policy.
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    I fully support this bill. For those who might wonder about the amount of money in the bill, please consider that there are 104 HBCUs in the U.S. That comes out to less than $100,000 per college for preservation interests, if you average it. $10 million may be a lot of money for you and me on an everyday basis, but it is only about 3 cents per person per year. The National Park Service participates in preservation of many, many places in the country, with the goal of preserving our history, in total. While this particular authorization is for HBCUs, the Park Service participates in preservation all over the country (not just for HBCUs). https://www.nps.gov/subjects/historicpreservation/what-is-historic-preservation.htm
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    Only racist assholes will vote against it. Meaning it's not gonna pass in this republican controlled congress.
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    My wife, who is a graduate of a historical black college, says money to preserve these buildings should come from alumni and other sources, and not from Federal grants. I second her opinion.
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    Yes. Preserve grants for historic buildings at Black colleges. Can we please continue to support and help people rather than destroy them? Can we stop the demolition derby of our current administration?
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    Absolutely! Our history should always be preserved.
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    I think it's funny that all these white people are saying it's racist to vote against it when in fact it is divisive and racist to provide extra support to any school based on race. Stop wasting tax payer dollars on things that should be handled by fund raising by the college. That goes for ANY college black or otherwise.
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    Don't colleges have their own money to maintain their own buildings?
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    Historically Black Colleges are important monuments to our continuing history of overcoming racial prejudice in the United States, and as such I believe their preservation should be championed by the Federal Government to ensure their achievements are memorialized for future generations. It is incredible important for the United States government to support our black communities, especially in such tense times.
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    Always vote for preservation. Not only does it save a historic structure, but the funding then goes towards trade jobs who will do the work. This reinvestment in the community is paramount for sense of place. Places matter!
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    We owe our African-American citizens immeasurable reparations. This is necessary in the full amount, but so much more in the way of reparations is needed. When will we learn to be accountable for the actions of our forebears? When will we become honest and willing to make amends for the generations of damage done?
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