Advocacy Alert: May 3, 2011

Ask Your Senators to Join Appropriations Letter Supporting FY12 Funding for Office of Museum Services

On April 15, 2011 (six months after the federal budget year began) the 2011 budget was signed into law. As previously reported by AAM, the bill included deep cuts to many agencies that provide funding for museums, and includes $237.39 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—a 10.7% reduction from 2010 funding. The IMLS Office of Museum Services (OMS), previously funded at $35.2 million in 2010, will receive just $31.583 million for the current fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2011. 

You can help restore these funds in FY12!

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is now circulating a letter to restore and increase funding for OMS for FY2012. The letter highlights the many educational and other vital services museums provide in their local communities every day and asks the Senate Appropriations Committee to support $50 million for FY12 for OMS. Please Contact Congress now to ask your Senators to sign this letter! The deadline for Senators to join the letter is Friday, May 13.

"We are thrilled that Sen. Gillibrand will once again lead this effort," said AAM President Ford W. Bell . "And we know that Senators are most likely to sign on if asked by one of their constituents. I urge everyone to weigh in with their Senators in support of this request today." 

Earlier this year, Reps. Paul Tonko, Louise Slaughter and Leonard Lance led the effort in the House of Representatives, circulating a letter which garnered 59 signatures from members of Congress.