Advocacy Alert: May 15, 2011

Museum Funding Letter Deadline Extended to Wednesday, May 18!

Important Update: The deadline for Senators to sign the letter has been extended until Wednesday, 5/18, so we need to redouble our efforts in the next few days to make sure every Senator hears from the museums they represent. 

Current signers are: 

  • Sen. Jack Reed (RI) 
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT)
  • Sen. Richard Durbin (IL)
  • Sen. Tim Johnson (SD) 
  • Sen. Carl Levin (MI) 
  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
  • Sen. Tom Udall (NM)

If your Senators are NOT yet on this list, please call 202-224-3121 (the Senate Switchboard) to be connected to your Senators’ offices and ask them to please sign the Gillibrand Dear Colleague letter supporting museum funding. You can also send an email to your Senators or use our Legislator Look-Upto identify your Senators.

If they have already signed on, please call and say Thank You for signing the Gillibrand Dear Colleague letter in support of museum funding.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: Act Now! Ask Your Senators to Sign Sen. Gillibrand’s Museum Funding Letter; Deadline is Friday 5/13!   

Senators Jack Reed (RI), Pat Leahy (VT), Richard Durbin (IL), and Tim Johnson (SD) Already Signed On!

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is once again circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to increase funding for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Asannounced earlier this month, the letter asks the Senate Appropriations Committee to support $50 million for the Office of Museum Services in FY12.

CLICK HERE to ask your Senators to join the Gillibrand letter TODAY!

“The current budget climate requires us to redouble our efforts to make a compelling case for museums,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell. “Senators need to hear from their constituents. Lots of them.”

AAM makes it easy to contact Congress. With just a few clicks, you can ask your U.S. Senators to sign the letter today. “We currently have just 5% of U.S. Senators signing the letter, and that’s simply not enough,” said Bell. “I call on my colleagues throughout the museum field to join this important effort.”

The final FY11 funding bill signed into law on April 15, 2011 included a 10.7% reduction in IMLS funding from FY10, and just $31.583 million for OMS for the current fiscal year that ends September 30, 2011. Thanks to advocates around the country a record-breaking 59 Members of Congress signed theTonko/Slaughter/Lance letter circulated in the House earlier this year.