H.R. 2489, American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2011

May 3, 2012
Cost Estimate


As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on April 25, 2012

H.R. 2489 would expand the American Battlefield Protection Program to include battlefields from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and would authorize the appropriation of $10 million a year over the 2014-2017 period for this program. In 2012, $9 million was appropriated for this purpose, and $10 million is authorized to be appropriated for 2013 under current law for the program. The amounts authorized for each year would be used to provide financial assistance to state or local governments to purchase land that has been identified by the National Park Service (NPS) as eligible for protection through the program but is not contained within the boundaries of a unit of the National Park System.

Assuming appropriation of the newly authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2489 would cost $36 million over the 2013-2017 period and about $4 million after 2017. Enacting H.R. 2489 would not affect revenues or direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 2489 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.