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house Bill H.R. 831

Should the National Scenic Byways Program Be Open to New Nominations?

Argument in favor

Scenic byways are a major source of tourism revenue for the areas they’re located in. Now that it’s been seven years since the National Scenic Byways Program accepted new nominations, it’s time for the program to allow the 44 state scenic byways across the country that are ready to submit applications to apply for national scenic byway designation.

Debra's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Yes. I know there are more pressing issues out there, but we are losing historical properties more by the day. This shouldn’t be difficult nor should it take long. And it will make people happy. Lord knows we all need some hope and joy right now. Preserve Route 66, please!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/06/2019
WE SHOULD EXPAND ALL AMERICA’S BY WAYS & BY ROADS. Scenic byways are a major source of tourism revenue for the areas they’re located in. Now that it’s been seven years since the National Scenic Byways Program accepted new nominations, it’s time for the program to allow the 44 state scenic byways across the country that are ready to submit applications to apply for national scenic byway designation. SEE AMERICA FIRST AND NOW..... SneakyPete......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 2*6*19.........
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Barb's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Let’s start saving the beauty in this country. Bears Ears need to be reestablished!
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Argument opposed

The National Scenic Byways Program isn’t needed to draw tourists to scenic highways and routes across the country. With the advent of the internet and travel sites such as TripAdvisor, it’s now easy for anyone to access information about scenic routes, whether they’re designated as such or not.

RjGoodman's Opinion
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02/06/2019
Again, the federal government has more important things to do.
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RAN's Opinion
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02/06/2019
This is not needed, waste of time and money.
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Mary 's Opinion
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02/06/2019
FIX THEM instead. America needs work, not more marketing.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed February 6th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 404 Yea / 19 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    IntroducedJanuary 29th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 831?

This bill, the Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019, would direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen the National Scenic Byways Program to new nominations. The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) would make a request for nominations available on its website. It’d also publish the request for nominations in the Federal Register. Finally, once roads to be designated as National Scenic Byways were identified, the DOT would publish a list of those roads.

Impact

National Scenic Byways; state scenic byways; and tourism.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 831

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to reopen the National Scenic Byways Program to new nominations. Scenic America supports this legislation. Its president, Mark Falzone, says:

“Scenic America is thrilled with [this bill]. Scenic byways both protect America's scenic and historic places and contribute to strong local economies, and the federal designation means these roads are sought out as destinations by both domestic and international travelers… It's critical that we provide... local [scenic] byways with the opportunity to seek the federal designation and reap the well-established benefits.”

In the current Congress, this bill has one cosponsor, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA). Last Congress, it passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by a voice vote with the support of eight bipartisan cosponsors, including seven Democrats and one Republican. This bill has historically been supported by Scenic America, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)RV Industry Association, and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.


Of Note: Since its inception in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program has designated 150 special roads across the U.S. as National Scenic Byways. However, the last round of designations occurred in 2009, and Congress pulled support for the program in 2012 transportation legislation.

Scenic byways have been shown to generate millions of dollars in economic activity for the areas they go through. In a 2010 report, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that traveler spending along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway and Lake Country Scenic Byway had a $21.6 million economic impact. In 2013, a study of Scenic Byway 12 in Utah found that it generated nearly $13 million annually in local spending.

If this bill were to pass, 44 state scenic byways across the U.S. are prepared to seek designation as National Scenic Byways as soon as the program is reopened to nominations.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / fotoMonkee)

AKA

Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for and make determinations regarding roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, and for other purposes.

    Yes. I know there are more pressing issues out there, but we are losing historical properties more by the day. This shouldn’t be difficult nor should it take long. And it will make people happy. Lord knows we all need some hope and joy right now. Preserve Route 66, please!
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    Again, the federal government has more important things to do.
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    WE SHOULD EXPAND ALL AMERICA’S BY WAYS & BY ROADS. Scenic byways are a major source of tourism revenue for the areas they’re located in. Now that it’s been seven years since the National Scenic Byways Program accepted new nominations, it’s time for the program to allow the 44 state scenic byways across the country that are ready to submit applications to apply for national scenic byway designation. SEE AMERICA FIRST AND NOW..... SneakyPete......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻. 2*6*19.........
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    Let’s start saving the beauty in this country. Bears Ears need to be reestablished!
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    This is not needed, waste of time and money.
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    FIX THEM instead. America needs work, not more marketing.
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    If Congress wants to actually promote tourism on our roads then it should pass a transportation bill to fix them up!
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    Let's make America beautiful. We need to do what we can to preserve the USA. We all know there are more important issues. We also know that things don't happen over night.
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    Policies that promote responsible preservation and help with positive tourism are good things
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    We do have more important things but we have to hang on to the great things that we already have this is money for national parks and scenic areas that we have people that would rather put up an oil rig fix all roads !
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    Absolutely ! Celebrate our beautiful country!!! God Bless America!
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    Doesn’t Congress have better things to do than waste Time on this garbage. Build the wall
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    I believe our legislators have more pressing issues
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    I am not concerned so much about the benefits for tourism but more about preserving anything that can be preserved under this new administration
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    Hell yes they should be open to adding more! Has anyone driven the Blue Ridge Parkway? Give me a break seeing a picture on line is lame! Has anyone driven US highway 1 along the pacific cost from Washington to Southern California? You can’t feel laying the car or bike into the curves along Big Sur with a 850 foot drop to the Pacific on one side and a solid rock face vertical rise of the Los Padre Mts to the right? It is scary awesome. Keep the kids quiet and concentrate or you maybe plummeting to your death or if you lucky smashed into a rock face. My pout is driving these and NEW ones is a treat.
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    How about YOU FIX THE ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST!
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    Abolish it.
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    Not needed
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    Although this bill doesn’t seem as important as other crises our country is facing, I am okay with it as long as this administration keeps its hands off our ocean and land for exploration of oil or coal and etc. I want to see us preserve the beauty of our country for many generations after us. I rather have the congress work on healthcare, democracy, Immegration, climate change, clean air and water and fair and free election, gerrymandering.
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    Cut government balance budget. Investigate Obama Clinton Kerry for treason giving billions to Iran.
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