On December 8, the House unanimously passed by voice vote the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (S. 1014), which establishes a commission to honor Route 66 on its centennial anniversary beginning next year. The House had previously passed the companion bill (H.R. 66) in February 2019, and after the reconciliation of both versions. It was signed by the president on December 23, 2020.
Historic Route 66 stretches approximately 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through eight states and more than 300 communities. This vital transportation corridor between the Midwest and southern California has endured as a symbol of freedom and mobility while epitomizing a new optimism that pervaded the nation’s economic recovery following World War II.
The National Trust endorsed this legislation introduced by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and James Inhofe (R-OK) in the Senate and Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Grace Napolitano (D-CA) in the House during several committee hearings and previous floor votes.