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Record Support in the House of Representatives for Museum Funding

Category: Advocacy Alert

In any normal year, spring can be a very busy time in Congress as advocates for nearly every federal program make their case to legislators. In case you haven’t heard, this is not a normal year. The tension, the uncertainty, and the stakes on Capitol Hill have all been ratcheted up even further; in part by a new president whose preliminary budget proposes deep cuts across a wide range of federal agencies. But despite these conditions, museum advocates have managed to once again make their voices heard. Last week, a record 166 U.S. Representatives joined a letter calling for robust funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“It is gratifying to see such a strong display of bipartisan support, with a record number of Democrats and a record number of Republicans standing up for the Office of Museum Services,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but now is a great time to take a moment and thank your legislators who signed this letter. We also couldn’t have built this support without four of our champions in Congress: U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko, Leonard Lance, Louise Slaughter, and David McKinley.”

This progress in Congress is possible in part due to a record-breaking showing at Museums Advocacy Day 2017, when over 380 museum supporters from all 50 states made the case in 423 congressional offices. Advocates continued to make the case online, responding to Alliance advocacy alerts this year with more than 23,000 emails and calls to their legislators. Letters in support of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities also received impressive support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thank you to all of the partner organizations and advocates who took action!

What You Can Do: Thank Legislators on Social Media

Legislators need to know that their actions are noticed and appreciated by the museums they represent. So here’s the best way to thank them:

  1. Use our Legislator Lookup page to find your Representative and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  2. Check the list at the bottom of this alert to see if your Representative signed.
  3. Say “Thank You!” You can use our sample posts to get started. Be sure to use #museumsadvocacy. Also tag the Alliance (@AAMers) and your legislators in your posts and tweets.

Sample Social Media Posts:

  • Facebook – Museums are essential! We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and for your support of [your museum]. #museumsadvocacy
  • Facebook – [Your museum name] is essential in our community. We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Rep. _______________ ] for signing this year’s OMS letter in support of funding for museums. #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter – [Your museum] thanks [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter! Museums are essential. #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter – Thank you [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and supporting [your museum name]! @AAMers #museumsadvocacy

Coming Soon: Senate Letter of Support

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After a strong showing in the House of Representatives, this effort now moves to the United States Senate, where we expect a similar letter of support to begin circulating very soon. If you haven’t already done so, please help maintain this momentum by urging your Senators to sign on.

Tell Senators: Sign on to Support the Office of Museum Services

FY 2018 House Office of Museum Services Letter Signers

Letter leaders in bold below.     

 Alma  Adams  (D-NC)
 Karen  Bass  (D-CA)
 Joyce  Beatty  (D-OH)
 Ami  Bera  (D-CA)
 Donald  Beyer Jr.  (D-VA)
 Sanford  Bishop Jr.  (D-GA)
 Earl  Blumenauer  (D-OR)
 Suzanne  Bonamici  (D-OR)
 Brendan  Boyle  (D-PA)
 Robert  Brady  (D-PA)
 Susan  Brooks  (R-IN)
 Anthony  Brown  (D-MD)
 Julia  Brownley  (D-CA)
 Cheri  Bustos  (D-IL)
 G. K.  Butterfield  (D-NC)
 Michael  Capuano  (D-MA)
 Salud  Carbajal  (D-CA)
 Tony  Cárdenas  (D-CA)
 André  Carson  (D-IN)
 Kathy  Castor  (D-FL)
 Judy  Chu  (D-CA)
 David  Cicilline  (D-RI)
 Yvette  Clarke  (D-NY)
 Wm. Lacy  Clay  (D-MO)
 Emanuel  Cleaver  (D-MO)
 Mike  Coffman  (R-CO)
 Steve  Cohen  (D-TN)
 Chris  Collins  (R-NY)
 Barbara  Comstock  (R-VA)
 Gerald  Connolly  (D-VA)
 John  Conyers, Jr.  (D-MI)
 Joe  Courtney  (D-CT)
 Kevin  Cramer  (R-ND)
 Charlie  Crist  (D-FL)
 Danny  Davis  (D-IL)
 Susan  Davis  (D-CA)
 Peter  DeFazio  (D-OR)
 Diana  DeGette  (D-CO)
 John  Delaney  (D-MD)
 Mark  DeSaulnier  (D-CA)
 Theodore  Deutch  (D-FL)
 Debbie  Dingell  (D-MI)
 Lloyd  Doggett  (D-TX)
 Dan  Donovan  (R-NY)
 Mike  Doyle  (D-PA)
 Keith  Ellison  (D-MN)
 Eliot  Engel  (D-NY)
 Anna  Eshoo  (D-CA)
 Elizabeth  Esty  (D-CT)
 Dwight  Evans  (D-PA)
 John  Faso  (R-NY)
 Bill  Foster  (D-IL)
 Marcia  Fudge  (D-OH)
 Tulsi  Gabbard  (D-HI)
 Ruben  Gallego  (D-AZ)
 John  Garamendi  (D-CA)
 Jenniffer  González-Colón  (R-PR)
 Josh  Gottheimer  (D-NJ)
 Raul  Grijalva  (D-AZ)
 Luis  Gutiérrez  (D-IL)
 Colleen  Hanabusa  (D-HI)
 Alcee  Hastings  (D-FL)
 Denny  Heck  (D-WA)
 Brian  Higgins  (D-NY)
 James  Himes  (D-CT)
 Jared  Huffman  (D-CA)
 Will  Hurd  (R-TX)
 Sheila  Jackson Lee  (D-TX)
 Pramila  Jayapal  (D-WA)
 Hakeem  Jeffries  (D-NY)
 Eddie Bernice  Johnson  (D-TX)
 Henry  Johnson, Jr.  (D-GA)
 William  Keating  (D-MA)
 Robin  Kelly  (D-IL)
 Joe  Kennedy  (D-MA)
 Ruben  Kihuen  (D-NV)
 Dan  Kildee  (D-MI)
 Ron  Kind  (D-WI)
 Raja  Krishnamoorthi  (D-IL)
 Ann McLane  Kuster  (D-NH)
 Leonard  Lance  (R-NJ)
 James  Langevin  (D-RI)
 John  Larson  (D-CT)
 Brenda  Lawrence  (D-MI)
 Al  Lawson  (D-FL)
 Barbara  Lee  (D-CA)
 Sander  Levin  (D-MI)
 John  Lewis  (D-GA)
 Ted  Lieu  (D-CA)
 Dan  Lipinski  (D-IL)
 Dave  Loebsack  (D-IA)
 Zoe  Lofgren  (D-CA)
 Alan  Lowenthal  (D-CA)
 Ben Ray  Luján  (D-NM)
 Michelle  Lujan Grisham  (D-NM)
 Stephen  Lynch  (D-MA)
 Carolyn  Maloney  (D-NY)
 Sean Patrick  Maloney  (D-NY)
 Doris  Matsui  (D-CA)
 A. Donald  McEachin  (D-VA)
 James  McGovern  (D-MA)
 David  McKinley  (R-WV)
 Jerry  McNerney  (D-CA)
 Gregory  Meeks  (D-NY)
 Gwen  Moore  (D-WI)
 Seth  Moulton  (D-MA)
 Stephanie  Murphy  (D-FL)
 Tim  Murphy  (R-PA)
 Jerrold  Nadler  (D-NY)
 Richard  Neal  (D-MA)
 Donald  Norcross  (D-NJ)
 Eleanor Holmes  Norton  (D-DC)
 Tom  O’Halleran  (D-AZ)
 Beto  O’Rourke  (D-TX)
 Frank  Pallone, Jr.  (D-NJ)
 Bill  Pascrell, Jr.  (D-NJ)
 Donald  Payne, Jr.  (D-NJ)
 Ed  Perlmutter  (D-CO)
 Scott  Peters  (D-CA)
 Collin  Peterson  (D-MN)
 Chellie  Pingree  (D-ME)
 Stacey  Plaskett  (D-VI)
 Mark  Pocan  (D-WI)
 Jared  Polis  (D-CO)
 Mike  Quigley  (D-IL)
 Kathleen  Rice  (D-NY)
 Cedric  Richmond  (D-LA)
 Ileana  Ros-Lehtinen  (R-FL)
 Jacky  Rosen  (D-NV)
 Dennis  Ross  (R-FL)
 C.A. Dutch  Ruppersberger  (D-MD)
 Bobby  Rush  (D-IL)
 Linda  Sánchez  (D-CA)
 John  Sarbanes  (D-MD)
 Jan  Schakowsky  (D-IL)
 Adam  Schiff  (D-CA)
 Bradley  Schneider  (D-IL)
 David  Scott  (D-GA)
 Robert  Scott  (D-VA)
 Pete  Sessions  (R-TX)
 Carol  Shea-Porter  (D-NH)
 Kyrsten  Sinema  (D-AZ)
 Albio  Sires  (D-NJ)
 Louise  Slaughter  (D-NY)
 Adam  Smith  (D-WA)
 Darren  Soto  (D-FL)
 Jackie  Speier  (D-CA)
 Elise  Stefanik  (R-NY)
 Eric  Swalwell  (D-CA)
 Mark  Takano  (D-CA)
 Mike  Thompson  (D-CA)
 Scott  Tipton  (R-CO)
 Dina  Titus  (D-NV)
 Paul  Tonko  (D-NY)
 Niki  Tsongas  (D-MA)
 Marc  Veasey  (D-TX)
 Filemon  Vela  (D-TX)
 Nydia  Velazquez  (D-NY)
 Tim  Walz  (D-MN)
 Bonnie  Watson Coleman  (D-NJ)
 Peter  Welch  (D-VT
 Frederica  Wilson  (D-FL)
 Joe  Wilson  (R-SC)
 John  Yarmuth  (D-KY)
 Ted  Yoho  (R-FL)
 Don  Young  (R-AK)

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