Did anyone else catch this email yesterday from the SAA?
Society for American Archaeology
April 30, 2015
Dear SAA member,
Thanks very much for your help in trying to stop the House Armed Services Committee from including an anti-NHPA amendment in the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The provision, which was offered by Representative Wilson (R-SC), enables the heads of federal agencies to remove from the National Register, for reasons of national security, those properties under their control that are listed on the Register. In addition to the advocacy by our membership, the National Trust, NCSHPO and the American Cultural Resources Association weighed in with strong opposition. In spite of our best efforts, however, the amendment was approved yesterday afternoon by a vote of 35 to 27.
The problematic language is now included in the House version of the FY2016 NDAA and will head to the House floor. It is our understanding that the chamber could consider the bill during the second half of May. Should a Member of Congress offer an amendment to remove the anti-NHPA provision from the bill, we will send you another action alert.
Thanks again, and please contact me if you have any questions.