About 2 p.m. CST today, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Bill that contained a measure to reauthorize the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for another 10 years.
Needless to say, this is good news. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has provided cost-share grants to property owners, historical research and other assistance for nearly a decade. The well-regarded program has enjoyed praise from political persuasions of all stripes.
But lawmakers had to hustle to reauthorize the program, as it was scheduled to end late this year. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and recently retired Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) got the ball rolling on the program’s reauthorization in late 2008. The bill overcame filibuster threats, miscalculations by the Democratic leadership and the usual opposition lobby.
More information about the signing will be passed along as it comes in …
UPDATE: The New York Times has a short story and photo from the signing ceremony.