On November 9, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a legislative hearing on several bills, including the Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act (H.R. 3600). Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL) and witnesses on the panels testified on behalf of the bill that he introduced along with Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA), which would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. The bill received bipartisan praise from members of the committee. The hearing was quickly followed by a full committee markup on November 17, where it was approved by unanimous consent.
The National Trust has worked for many years to recognize Route 66, bring greater public interest and investment to the communities along the iconic highway, and encourage their economic revitalization. A National Historic Trail designation will help preserve Route 66 as a vital, iconic, and evolving piece of Americana for generations to come.