In-Depth: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to preserve Route 66 for future generations:
“I am proud to have America’s most iconic road run through the middle of my district and it’s important we celebrate its history. We represent different parts of the country and we’re from different political parties but we can all relate to the significance of Route 66. From providing thousands of jobs during the Great Depression to transporting equipment and supplies for World War II to becoming a symbol of freedom and independence in the 1950s, Route 66 has been the ‘road to opportunity’ for millions of Americans throughout our history. I look forward to celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2026.”
After this bill passed the House in the 115th Congress, Rep. Davis added, “Route 66 is a symbol of American independence and prosperity, a critical part of our economy, and it’s important to preserve it for future generations.”
The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership supported this bill in the 115th Congress. Chairman Bill Thomas said the following after this bill passed the House in the previous Congress:
“When Route 66 turns 100yrs old in 2026 - even though that's 8 years away - we're predicting the world will show up in the U.S. to help us celebrate. That's why it's so important that a Rt. 66 100th Anniversary Commission be established. Thanks to the foresight and leadership of Congressman Rodney Davis, we're now one step closer to that goal. With the successful adoption of HR66 in the House, we're looking forward to passage in the Senate and the President's signature by or before the end of this year. Onward and upward."
This bill has 10 bipartisan cosponsors in the current Congress, including six Democrats and four Republicans. In the previous Congress, it passed the House by a voice vote with the support of 43 bipartisan cosponsors, including 25 Democrats and 18 Republicans.
Of Note: Route 66 is historically significant in America, transporting troops, equipment, and supplies to military bases across the country during World War II. By the 1950s, Route 55 began to see a rise in tourism, making it a “true symbol of American freedom and independence.”
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Grafissimo)