Advocacy Alert: May 1

Record Support in Congress for Museum Funding

Museum champions in Congress are once again leading the effort to support funding for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In recent weeks, a record 95 Representatives and 24 Senators signed letters in support of robust funding for OMS. These letters are used to determine which programs have support within Congress and are influential when annual spending bills are being written.
In addition to in-person requests at Museums Advocacy Day, this effort was made possible by the nearly 2,000 contacts that legislators received from their constituents, urging them to sign on. Thank you to everyone who took action!
“With record support in the House and Senate for Office of Museum Services funding, museum advocates are building momentum in Congress,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “These legislators have stepped up publicly to support our cause, so it is absolutely critical that we let them know we’re watching and we’re grateful.”

Make an Instant, Public Impact by Thanking Legislators on Social Media

Like anyone, legislators enjoy being told they’re doing a good job. But they love being told they’re doing a good job in public. So here’s the best way to thank your legislators:

  1. Use our Legislator Lookup page to find your legislators and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  2. Check the list at the bottom of this alert to see if they signed.
  3. Say “Thank You!” Consider these sample posts and be sure to use #museumsadvocacy on Twitter or tag the Alliance on Facebook.
Sample Social Media Posts:
Facebook - Museums are essential! We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking  [Rep./Sen. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and for your support of [your museum].
Facebook - [Your museum name] is essential in our community. We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Rep./Sen. _______________ ] for signing this year’s OMS letter in support of funding for museums.
Twitter - [Your museum] thanks [Rep./Sen. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter! Museums are essential. #museumsadvocacy
Twitter - Thank you [Rep./Sen. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and supporting [your museum name]! #museumsadvocacy

P.S. Is your legislator not on the list of signers, despite your best efforts? Don’t worry; there are lots of issues on which members of Congress can support museums. Send them a letter today about the importance of the charitable deduction to your museum.  

FY 2014 House Letter Signers   

FY 2014 Senate Letter Signers 

Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Xavier Becerra (D-CA)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Timothy Bishop (D-NY)

Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Susanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)   
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Robert Brady (D-PA)   

Martin Heinrich  (D-NM)
Bruce Braley (D-IA)   

Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Andre Carson (D-IN)   

Angus King (I-ME)
Matt Cartwright (D-PA)   

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Kathy Castor (D-FL)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Judy Chu (D-CA)   

Carl Levin (D-MI)
David Cicilline (D-RI)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Yvette Clarke (D-NY)   

Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Lacy Clay (D-MO)   

Jack  Reed (D-RI)
Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Bernard Sanders (D-VT)
Gerald Connolly (D-VA)   

Brian Schatz (D-HI)
John Conyers (D-MI)   

Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Joe Courtney (D-CT)   

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Elijah  Cummings (D-MD)   

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Danny Davis (D-IL)   

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Diana DeGette (D-CO)   

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Theodore Deutch (D-FL)   

Ron Wyden (D-OR)
John Dingell (D-MI)    

Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)    

Mike Doyle (D-PA)    

Keith Ellison (D-MN)

Eliot Engel (D-NY)

Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)

Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Jim Gerlach (R-PA)

Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)   

Michael Grimm (R-NY)    

Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

Brian Higgins (D-NY)

Jim Himes (D-CT) 
Reubén Hinojosa (D-TX)

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Rush Holt (D-NJ)

Jared Huffman (D-CA) 
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Hank Johnson (D-GA)

William Keating (D-MA)

Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Sander Levin (D-MI)

John Lewis (D-GA)

Dan Lipinski (D-IL)

Dave Loebsack (D-IA)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)

Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Ed Markey (D-MA)

Doris Matsui (D-CA)

Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Jim McDermott(D-WA)

James McGovern (D-MA)

David McKinley (R-WV)

Mike Michaud (D-ME)

Gwen Moore (D-WI)

James Moran (D-VA)
Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
Richard Neal (D-MA)

Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)     
Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)    
Gary Peters (D-MI)    
Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR)    
Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
Dutch Ruppersberger (D-PA)
Gregorio Sablan (D-MP)
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
John Sarbanes (D-MD)
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
David Scott (D-GA)
Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Eric Swalwell (D-AL)
Mark Takano (D-CA)
John Tierney (D-MA)
Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Filemon Vela (D-TX)
Peter Welch (D-VT)
Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
John Yarmuth (D-KY)