Republican and Democratic Senators Team Up to Increase Federal Funding for Museums

United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (2010).
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (2010). Photo: courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, has joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the New York Democrat again urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase federal museum funding. Leading the effort to support the Office of Museum Services (OMS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a fifth year, Gillibrand, with Blunt, is circulating a bipartisan letter in the Senate.

Although a record number of senators signed last year’s letter, the OMS still received only $30.1 million, despite being authorized for up to $38.6 million. Voters are encouraged to voice their support for Gillibrand and Blunt’s effort by asking their representatives to go on record as being in favor of increased museum funding for the 2015 fiscal year by signing the letter by the March 25 deadline.


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