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house Bill H.R. 801

Should Route 66 be a National Historic Trail?

Argument in favor

Route 66 is a historically important roadway that spans nearly a dozen states and three time zones, designating it as a national historic trail will help preserve it.

IllWill's Opinion
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06/04/2018
Sure, but since we’re talking about a road, how about we also work towards an infrastructure program to help rebuild our roads and bridges which are falling apart!
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Lionman's Opinion
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06/05/2018
Let’s fold this bill into one that includes infrastructure updates and upgrades.
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DannybAZ's Opinion
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06/05/2018
Yes. This highway is the iconic US highway of an important part of our history.
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Argument opposed

Designating Route 66 as a national historic trail could interfere with the ability of state and local governments to develop the area.

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06/05/2018
This is a feel good bill and a ‘lil bit o nonsense from the Rep from IL. Work on DACA, Immigration, Education, Real Environmental Protection, Securing Social Security, Infrastructure, the National Debt, Healthcare, Common Sense Gun Control...
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Jeremiah's Opinion
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06/05/2018
Given the dearth of real and serious issues at hand, it's discouraging to see such frivolous squandering of time and resources.
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06/05/2018
Really, House members? Is this what you waste our time on? What a Ship of Fools...
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What is House Bill H.R. 801?

This bill ― the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act― would designate an approximately 2,400 mile trail extending from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California as the Route 66 National Historic Trail.

Impact

Outdoor enthusiasts; local governments and communities near the would-be Route 66 National Historic Trail.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 801

The CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 801 would cost $2 million over the 2019-2023 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced this bill to designate Route 66 as a national historic trail:

“For nearly a century, Route 66 has been a crucial transportation artery for the heartland of America. Towns like Atlanta in my district and many others across our nation have seen the Mother Road keep tourism, employment and revenues up, leading to a higher quality of life and civic pride. It is vital that we highlight and preserve this national historic roadway for future generations, and today’s committee vote gets us one step closer to that goal.”

This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously and has the support of 21 bipartisan cosponsors, including 12 Democrats and nine Republicans.


Of Note: The federal government decommissioned Route 66 in 1985. Congress subsequently authorized the Route 66 Study Act in 1990 through Public Law 101-400, which directed the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study to present management and preservation options for the iconic road.

The finalized special resource study was released by the National Park Service in 1995. Congress later enacted Public Law 106-45 in 1999, which created the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, facilitating collaboration between private, nonprofit and government partners to identify and prioritize Route 66 preservation needs. The Preservation program was reauthorized in 2009, but is set to expire in 2019.

H.R. 801 succeeds the expiration of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program by designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. Additionally, under the NTSA, the NPS may be required to establish and manage an advisory council and develop a comprehensive management plan for the trail.


Media:

Summary by Lucas McConnell

(Photo Credit: pidjoe / iStock)

AKA

Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act

Official Title

To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed June 5th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017

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    Sure, but since we’re talking about a road, how about we also work towards an infrastructure program to help rebuild our roads and bridges which are falling apart!
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    This is a feel good bill and a ‘lil bit o nonsense from the Rep from IL. Work on DACA, Immigration, Education, Real Environmental Protection, Securing Social Security, Infrastructure, the National Debt, Healthcare, Common Sense Gun Control...
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    Let’s fold this bill into one that includes infrastructure updates and upgrades.
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    Only if this includes funds to maintain and repair Route 66. Otherwise, it is a meaningless gesture and a waste of congressional time/tax payer money.
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    Stop wasting our time and do something useful, like defunding border patrol to prevent them from breaking up more families.
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    Given the dearth of real and serious issues at hand, it's discouraging to see such frivolous squandering of time and resources.
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    Yes. This highway is the iconic US highway of an important part of our history.
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    Really, House members? Is this what you waste our time on? What a Ship of Fools...
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    This sounds like a good idea since it's a historic roadway. I noticed a lot of posts suggesting an infrastructure program to rebuild roads and bridges. What happened to the 800B infrastructure plan under President Obama? Most of it went to Federal Workers unions and Teachers Unions instead of repairs and construction, which is why our roads are in disrepair.
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    Been there. Beautiful. Should be historic.
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    Pass this quickly and get back to real work. DACA, budgets, etc.
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    “ROUTE 66 SHOULD DESIGNATED A ‘HISTORIC TRAIL’” Route 66 is a historically important roadway that spans nearly a dozen states and three time zones, designating it as a national historic trail will help preserve it. While legislation for public highways first appeared in 1916, with revisions in 1921, it was not until Congress enacted an even more comprehensive version of the act in 1925 that the government executed its plan for national highway construction. Officially, the numerical designation 66 was assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route in the summer of 1926. With that designation came its acknowledgment as one of the nation’s principal east-west arteries. * From the outset, public road planners intended U.S. 66 to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons: most small towns had no prior access to a major national thoroughfare. * It’s diagonal course linked hundreds of predominantly rural communities in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas to Chicago; thus enabling farmers to transport grain and produce for redistribution. * In his famous social commentary, The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck proclaimed U. S. Highway 66 the “Mother Road.” Steinbeck’s classic 1939 novel, combined with the 1940 film recreation of the epic odyssey, served to immortalize Route 66 in the American consciousness. An estimated 210,000 people migrated to California to escape the despair of the Dust Bowl. Certainly in the minds of those who endured that particularly painful experience, and in the view of generations of children to whom they recounted their story, Route 66 symbolized the “road to opportunity.” * From 1933 to 1938 thousands of unemployed male youths from virtually every state were put to work as laborers on road gangs to pave the final stretches of the road. * Completion of this all-weather capability on the eve of World War II was particularly significant to the nation’s war effort. The War Department needed improved highways for rapid mobilization during wartime and to promote national defense during peacetime. * Route 66 helped to facilitate the single greatest wartime manpower mobilization in the history of the nation. * Between 1941 and 1945 the government invested approximately $70 billion in capital projects throughout California, a large portion of which were in the Los Angeles-San Diego area. This enormous capital outlay served to underwrite entirely new industries that created thousands of civilian jobs. 6*4*18 ..... SEE: https://www.national66.org/history-of-route-66/
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    Rt 66 is a National Treasure.
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    When I was in the service in the fifties I used to drive this route from Indiana to California Most of the route was two lanes. Forty years later I was surprised and saddened at how it had deteriorated when I drove across country in the nineties. Please preserve this historic route, and bring back the Burma Shave signs that dotted the landscape!
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    This is not the kind of thing our representatives should be focused on. Immigration, Health Care, Farm Bill, and Appropriations is where I would like to see my Representatives time spent.
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    Fix the highway system and get some high speed, cross country trains.
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    Just more low hanging fruit symbolic Congressional feel good nonsense. Nobody minds if you make some Highway a historic site. Let’s upgrade and modernize our entire crumbling infrastructure and implement high speed rail coast to coast in several places not just one. Our bridges and infrastructure are caving in - meanwhile, the fastest rail transportation is all in what China, Japan, Europe. Quit dinking around trying to divide people and do something that matters and helps everyone. Oh, wait divisions get you re-elected what was I thinking - never mind. 🙄
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    As long as the rest of America’s infrastructure was actually funded
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    If anything is iconic in our country, THIS is!!
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    For people who travel along the route; they already know the historical significance of the road. People do make a living serving same. Yes infrastructure upkeep is in need so why can't this be a part of it all.
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