We are monitoring activity related to funding for the PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) program in the FY 15 appropriations process.

Earlier this week, both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced a compromise agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY15. It includes $70 million in appropriations for the PILT program, resulting from savings stemming from the NDAA’s federal lands package. The $70 million, according to committee leadership, is a down-payment and that PILT will be further addressed in future language. The FY15 NDAA includes $0 for SRS.

What can you do? The NDAA vote is TODAY (Dec 4). We support full funding for PILT in FY15 and retroactively funding SRS for FY14. Please contact your Senators and Members of Congress and urge them to support FULL FUNDING for PILT AND SRS, and to share their support with their colleagues in House and Senate leadership.

Both the House and Senate are circulating ‘Dear Colleague’ letters that support funding for PILT and SRS. The roster of signatories is below (last names only). Please reach out to your full Congressional Delegation to thank those that have already supported the letter and to urge the others to sign on.

AmodeiHatchPearce
BegichHeinrichPryor
BennetHellerReichert
BonamiciHerrera BeutlerRisch
BoozmanHorsfordRockefeller IV
BoxerHuffmanRoe
BrownleyInhofeRuiz
CantwellIsaksonSchrader
CappsJohnsonSimpson
CookJonesSoutherland
CostaKaineStabenow
CrapoKing, Jr.Takano
DainesKirkpatrickTester
DelBeneLaMalfaThompson, M.
DonnellyLambornTipton
EnziLevinTitus
FeinsteinLujanUdall
FischerLummisUdall
GallegoManchin IIIValadao
GaramendiMarkeyVargas
GarciaMcClintockWalsh
GohmertMcMorris-RodgersWarner
GoodlatteMerkleyWyden
GosarMurrayYoung, D.
GrijalyaPastor