Advocacy Alert: April 5, 2013

TIME SENSITIVE ISSUE

House Museum Funding Letter – Deadline Extended to Tuesday, April 16

Important Update: The deadline to sign the Tonko/Lance/Slaughter/Grimm letter has been extended until Tuesday, 4/16, so we need to redouble our efforts in the next week to make sure every Representative hears from the museums they represent.

Current Signers: Tonko, Slaughter, Lance, Grimm, McDermott, Clay, Fattah, Moore, Bonamici, Lewis, Levin, Norton, Langevin, Himes, Courtney, Conyers, Holt, Richmond, Wilson (FL), Moran, Jackson Lee, Higgins, McGovern, Capuano, Nadler, Beatty, Michaud, Peters (MI), Johnson (GA), Swalwell, Loretta Sanchez, Brady (PA), Pascrell, Blumenauer, Cohen, Dingell, Cicilline, Hastings, Schakowsky, Keating, Carolyn Maloney, Scott (VA), Engel, Connolly

If your Representative is NOT yet on this list, please send them an email today and ask them to please sign the letter supporting museum funding. You can also use our Legislator Look-Up to identify your Representative.

If they have already signed on, please call them and say THANK YOU. Call 202-224-3121 (the House Switchboard) to be connected.

MARCH 27, 2013 ADVOCACY ALERT: Act Now – Ask Your Representative to Support the IMLS Office of Museum Services!

Once again, in conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) are circulating a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding in FY14 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The deadline to sign on to this letter is FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013.

Ask your Representative to sign the Tonko/Lance/Slaughter/Grimm appropriations letter today!

Please encourage your Representative to join the 24 members of Congress who have already signed this year's letter of support for OMS funding.

“This is our chance to ask members of Congress to take a stand in support of funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services by signing this bipartisan letter,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “I applaud Representatives Paul Tonko, Leonard Lance, Louise Slaughter, and Michael Grimm for their continued leadership in supporting the essential role of museums in communities across the country.”

The Office of Museum Services received $30.8 million in the FY12 appropriations cycle. This funding level was extended for FY13, but a 5% cut due to “sequestration” has reduced its effective budget to $29.3 million.

Thank you for taking action on this important issue!