(WASHINGTON, DC) On February 6th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, a bill coauthored by Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13).
“Cities in my district have begun to reinvest in Route 66, recognizing its historic significance and how it continues to provide transportation, economic, and community benefits to our region and American society today,” Napolitano said. “The federal government should be involved in these efforts as well. I thank Congressman Davis for reintroducing this legislation with me and helping move this bill quickly at the start of this Congress.”
H.R. 66 creates a Commission to recommend improvements and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026. It passed the House with large bipartisan support by a vote of 399 to 22. The bill also passed the House last Congress but was not considered by the Senate.
Route 66 is an integral part of the San Gabriel Valley’s culture and economy and runs through the cities of La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, and Monrovia, known in most of Napolitano’s district as Foothill Boulevard and Huntington Drive.