Advocacy Alert: March 3

Will Your Representative Support the IMLS Office of Museum Services?

U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) are currently circulating a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding in FY 2016 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

Will you help by asking your U.S. Representative to sign this letter?

“Each year, many highly reviewed grant proposals go unfunded at the Institute of Museum and Library Services due to lack of funding by Congress,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “These Congressional sign-on letters are a critical way to demonstrate support for our priorities, but legislators need to know that their constituents are watching.”
The deadline for your Representative to sign on to this letter is March 18.

The Office of Museum Services is currently receiving $30.1 million, well below its authorized level of $38.6 million (as approved by Public Law 111-340). The Tonko/Lance/Slaughter/McKinley letter is your Representative’s chance to go on record in support of museum funding, so please ask them to sign on today!

Once you’ve sent your letter, here are some additional ways you can support our advocacy efforts:

And if you were on Capitol Hill with us last week for Museums Advocacy Day, please remember to:

  • Send thank you notes to the offices you visited, and any follow-up material you promised
  • Include a personal reminder about this OMS funding letter in your thank you notes
  • See photos from Museums Advocacy Day
  • Use our online form to complete your Hill Visit Meeting Reports
  • Spread the word in your newsletters, community and media
  • Access electronic versions of the 2015 Advocate Materials
P.S. Please note that a companion letter in the U.S. Senate will soon be circulating and we will keep you posted on when to ask Senators to sign on.