Advocacy Alert: March 16, 2010

Ford Bell to Testify on Museum Funding Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

AAM President Ford W. Bell has been invited to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on May 12, 2010. This subcommittee oversees funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Department of Education and many other important federal agencies and programs.

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If you have received an IMLS grant, now is a perfect time to let your Representative know how important that grant is to your museum and how you used the grant funds.

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Members of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee:

  • Chair: David R. Obey (Wis.)
  • Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.)
  • Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.)
  • Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (Ill.)
  • Patrick J. Kennedy (R.I.)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.)
  • Barbara Lee (Calif.)
  • Michael Honda (Calif.)
  • Betty McCollum (Minn.)
  • Tim Ryan (Ohio)
  • James P. Moran (Va.)
  • Ranking Member: Todd Tiahrt (Kans.)
  • Dennis R. Rehberg (Mont.)
  • Rodney Alexander (La.)
  • Jo Bonner (Ala.)
  • Tom Cole (Okla.)
  • Jerry Lewis (Calif.), Ex Officio

"IMLS grants play an important role in helping museums serve their communities, but each year only a small fraction of highly-rated grant applications are funded," said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "I look forward to reminding Members of Congress that museums are essential in their communities—as partners in education, as economic engines, and as keepers of our national heritage—and urging them to support a significant funding increase for IMLS."

As part of the annual appropriations process, AAM submitted a request in February to testify before the subcommittee in support of our nation’s museums.