Lawmakers move to revive National Scenic Byways Program
WASHINGTON – America’s scenic roadways got a major boost in Congress today (February 6, 2019) as the House of Representatives passed a bill to restart the dormant National Scenic Byways Program, while companion legislation was introduced in the Senate.
The House Bill, H.R. 831, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Rep. Garret Graves, Republican of Louisiana, passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 404 – 19.
The Senate bill, S. 349, also enjoys bipartisan support and is sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, and Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat of Maryland.
A recent survey found that 44 state scenic byways across the country are prepared to take advantage of the legislation as soon as the program is reopened. “The National Scenic Byway designation means these roads are sought out by both domestic and international travelers, and it’s critical that we provide local byways with the opportunity to seek the national recognition and reap the well-established benefits,” said Falzone.
Scenic America encourages the public to reach out to their Members of Congress in support of this bill by visiting: www.scenic.org/byways
Scenic America is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of the country, find out more at www.scenic.org. For more information contact Max Ashburn, Scenic America communications director, at 202.792.1302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.