Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) praised the committee’s passage of the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, legislation to establish a commission in preparation of the centennial anniversary of Route 66.
“I am proud to sponsor legislation to establish a commission that will recognize the importance and historical significance of our beloved highway—Route 66,” said Inhofe. “Route 66 is iconic in Oklahoma. At more than 400 miles of road through Tulsa, Oklahoma City and countless other towns, we have the longest drivable stretch of Will Rogers Highway. I am proud the committee saw the importance of this bipartisan legislation today by passing it and I look forward to its consideration before the full Senate.”
“Route 66 has played a tremendous role in Illinois’s history, helping to promote travel and commerce from Chicago to East St. Louis and so many communities in between,” Duckworth said. “This committee took an important step today, and I look forward to working with Senator Inhofe to pass this bill out of the full Senate and protect this landmark highway while supporting local economies by designating it as a national historic trail.”