Advocacy Alert: April 4

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 119 Representatives and 29 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 made in 335 Congressional offices during Museums Advocacy Day, this effort was made possible by the nearly 1,100 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. Our advocacy efforts succeed when we speak with the collective voice of museums nationwide. We could not do it without our members. If you are an AAM member, thank you for your support. If you are not yet a member, we will be even stronger with you. Please join us.

FY 2015 House Letter Signers

   

 FY 2015 Senate Letter Signers

 

Timothy

Bishop

(D-NY)


Roy

Blunt

(R-MO)

Earl

Blumenauer

(D-OR)


Sherrod

Brown

(D-OH)

Suzanne

Bonamici

(D-OR)


Ben

Cardin

(D-MD)

Robert

Brady

(D-PA)


Christopher

Coons

(D-DE)

Bruce

Braley

(D-IA)


Richard

Durbin

(D-IL)

Julia

Brownley

(D-CA)


Kirsten

Gillibrand

(D-NY)

Cheri

Bustos

(D-IL)


Martin

Heinrich

(D-NM)

G.K.

Butterfield

(D-NC)


Mazie

Hirono

(D-HI)

Lois

Capps

(D-CA)


Tim

Johnson

(D-SD)

Michael

Capuano

(D-MA)


Tim

Kaine

(D-VA)

Tony

Cardenas

(D-CA)


Angus

King

(I-ME)

Andre

Carson

(D-IN)


Amy

Klobuchar

(D-MN)

Matt

Cartwright

(D-PA)


Patrick

Leahy

(D-VT)

Kathy

Castor

(D-FL)


Carl

Levin

(D-MI)

Donna

Christensen

(D-VI)


Joe

Manchin

(D-WV)

Judy

Chu

(D-CA)


Ed

Markey

(D-MA)

David

Cicilline

(D-RI)


Jeff

Merkley

(D-OR)

Katherine

Clark

(D-MA)


Christopher

Murphy

(D-CT)

Yvette

Clarke

(D-NY)


Jack

Reed

(D-RI)

William Lacy

Clay

(D-MO)


Bernie

Sanders

(D-VT)

Steve

Cohen

(D-TN)


Brian

Schatz

(D-HI)

Gerald

Connolly

(D-VA)


Charles

Schumer

(D-NY)

John

Conyers Jr.

(D-MI)


Jeanne

Shaheen

(D-NH)

Joe

Courtney

(D-CT)


Debbie

Stabenow

(D-MI)

Elijah

Cummings

(D-MD)


Elizabeth

Warren

(D-MA)

Danny

Davis

(D-IL)


Sheldon

Whitehouse

(D-RI)

Peter

DeFazio

(D-OR)


Ron

Wyden

(D-OR)

Diana

DeGette

(D-CO)





John

Delaney

(D-MD)





Theodore

Deutch

(D-FL)





John

Dingell

(D-MI)





Lloyd

Doggett

(D-TX)





Mike

Doyle

(D-PA)





Donna

Edwards

(D-MD)





Keith

Ellison

(D-MN)





Eliot

Engel

(D-NY)





Elizabeth

Esty

(D-CT)





Chaka

Fattah

(D-PA)





Bill

Foster

(D-IL)





Tulsi

Gabbard

(D-HI)





Jim

Gerlach

(R-PA)





Raul

Grijalva

(D-AZ)





Michael

Grimm

(R-NY)





Luis

Gutierrez

(D-IL)





Colleen

Hanabusa

(D-HI)





Alcee

Hastings

(D-FL)





Denny

Heck

(D-WA)





Brian

Higgins

(D-NY)





Jim

Himes

(D-CT)





Ruben

Hinojosa

(D-TX)





Rush

Holt

(D-NJ)





Shelia

Jackson Lee

(D-TX)





Henry

Johnson, Jr.

(D-GA)





William

Keating

(D-MA)





Anne

Kuster

(D-NH)





Leonard

Lance

(R-NJ)





James

Langevin

(D-RI)





Barbara

Lee

(D-CA)





Sander

Levin

(D-MI)





Dan

Lipinski

(D-IL)





Dave

Loebsack

(D-IA)





Zoe

Lofgren

(D-CA)





Ben Ray

Lujan

(D-NM)





Stephen

Lynch

(D-MA)





Sean Patrick

Maloney

(D-NY)





Carolyn

Maloney

(D-NY)





Doris

Matsui

(D-CA)





Betty

McCollum

(D-MN)





Jim

McDermott

(D-WA)





James

McGovern

(D-MA)





David

McKinley

(R-WV)





Jerry

McNerney

(D-CA)





Gregory

Meeks

(D-NY)





Mike

Michaud

(D-ME)





Gwen

Moore

(D-WI)





Jim

Moran

(D-VA)





Tim

Murphy

(R-PA)





Jerrold

Nadler

(D-NY)





Richard

Neal

(D-MA)





Eleanor Holmes

Norton

(D-DC)





Bill

Pascrell, Jr.

(D-NJ)





Donald

Payne, Jr.

(D-NJ)





Ed

Perlmutter

(D-CO)





Gary

Peters

(D-MI)





Collin

Peterson

(D-MN)





Pedro

Pierluisi

(D-PR)





Chellie

Pingree

(D-ME)





Mark

Pocan

(D-WI)





Jared

Polis

(D-CO)





Charles

Rangel

(D-NY)





C.A. Dutch

Ruppersberger

(D-MD)





Bobby

Rush

(D-IL)





Gregorio

Sablan

(D-MP)





Loretta

Sanchez

(D-CA)





Linda

Sanchez

(D-CA)





John

Sarbanes

(D-MD)





Jan

Schakowsky

(D-IL)





Brad

Schneider

(D-IL)





David

Scott

(D-GA)





Robert

Scott

(D-VA)





Carol

Shea-Porter

(D-NH)





Albio

Sires

(D-NJ)





Louise

Slaughter

(D-NY)





Adam

Smith

(D-WA)





Jackie

Speier

(D-CA)





Eric

Swalwell

(D-CA)





John

Tierney

(D-MA)





Dina

Titus

(D-NV)





Paul

Tonko

(D-NY)





Niki

Tsongas

(D-MA)





Chris

Van Hollen

(D-MD)





Filemon

Vela

(D-TX)





Tim

Walz

(D-MN)





Henry

Waxman

(D-CA)





Peter

Welch

(D-VT)





Frederica

Wilson

(D-FL)





John
Yarmuth
(D-KY)