Rep. LaHood Bill to Designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail Receives Hearing at House Natural Resources Committee

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee at the November 10th hearing on his legislation, H.R. 3600 – Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act. The legislation would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, which will expand economic and historic development opportunities across all communities and states Route 66 runs through. Rep. LaHood was joined by Casey Claypool, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, who testified in support of the bill.

In his testimony, Rep. LaHood said, “If signed into law, the bill would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail ensuring that the National Park Service will have the authority to assist and support states and local communities in preserving, promoting, and capitalizing on economic development from Route 66 for generations to come.” View the full testimony from Rep. LaHood here.

In her testimony, Casey Claypool added, “I believe designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail will help preserve and promote the road itself as well as increase economic development opportunities for the communities that have long supported its cultural heritage, intrinsic qualities, and idiosyncratic character. A National Historic Designation will enable Route 66 communities to thrive and allow them to continue to tell the compelling story of the road and the freedom and values that embrace it.” View the full testimony of Executive Director Claypool here.

Today’s legislative hearing is another important step in the legislative process for Rep. LaHood’s bill and Route 66. Following the legislative hearing, the next step for the legislation would be a full committee markup, and then a full vote on the House floor.

Full text of the legislation can be viewed here. Special thanks to Rep. LaHood’s office for the update.

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