Davis Route 66 Bill Clears Committee
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after his bill, H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, was passed out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week.
"I am proud to have America’s most iconic road run through the middle of my district and it’s important we celebrate its history," Davis said. "This bill will create a commission to honor the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026 and will create a plan to ensure the iconic road is preserved for future generations. I want to thank Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member DeFazio, and my colleague, Rep. Napolitano, for their support on this legislation that will preserve one of our nation's true treasures."
“Transportation has always united the American people and the communities across our country. Our infrastructure helped make our country the greatest nation on earth, and it’s what moves our economy,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). “Route 66 is one of the most historic transportation corridors in our history, and I commend Congressman Davis for working to help honor, preserve, and restore its vitality.”
Davis spoke in support of his bill during the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee mark-up on Wednesday, June 27th. Below is an excerpt of his remarks.
During World War II, Route 66 transported troops, equipment and supplies to military bases across our country, and was used after the war by thousands of troops returning home to their families. By the 1950s, Route 66 began to see a rise in tourism and became the true symbol of American freedom and independence we all know today.
In April of last year, I went on an extended tour of Illinois’ stretch of Route 66 with my good friend, Representative Darin LaHood, as well as multiple state and local lawmakers. We got to see the enormous economic impact the Mother Road brings to Illinois, providing for thousands of jobs and millions in state and local revenue to support our communities.
The centennial of Route 66 will be an international celebration and the state of Illinois and my district will be ready to welcome travelers from around the world who want to experience the magic of this scenic byway.
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Details of H.R. 66 include:
• Creates a 19-member Commission to recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026.
• Directs the Commission to host a conference on the U.S. Numbered Highway System, marking it’s 100 year anniversary.
• Directs the Department of Transportation, in consultation with governors of the eight states through which 66 passes, to develop a plan on the preservation needs of Route66.
Reps. Davis, LaHood, Napolitano Introduce Legislation to Commemorate Historical Route 66
Davis, State Rep. Bourne Tour Historic Route 66
Davis, LaHood Tour Historic Route 66 in Central Illinois