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U.S. Congress Passes Bill to Commemorate Route 66 Centennial

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation to create a commission that would recommend ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66, which was commissioned in 1926 as the first all-paved U.S. highway. The “Route 66 Centennial Commission Act,” S. 1014, creates a 15-person commission with representatives appointed by the President of the United States based on recommendations from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders, and the Governors of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The commission has two years to make recommendations to Congress for celebrating the 100th anniversary of Route 66. It may recommend the production of various written materials, films and documentaries, education programs, artistic works, commemorative memorabilia and celebrations to commemorate Route 66’s storied history. The legislation unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in August, which now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature.  

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