Advocacy Alert: March 17


House OMS Letter Deadline Extended to Friday March 20!

As we have shared in recent Alliance Advocacy Alerts, letters are currently circulating in the House and Senate in support of funding for museums nationwide through the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The deadline for Representatives to sign on to the bipartisan House letter–spearheaded by Reps. Tonko, Lance, Slaughter and McKinleyin support of museum funding has been extended to this Friday, March 20
This is a critical opportunity for your Representative to go on record in support of this funding. Nothing has a greater influence on legislators than hearing from constituents (you!) asking them to act on an issue.
Current HOUSE Letter Signers: Tonko (NY), Lance (NJ), Slaughter (NY), McKinley (WV), Beatty (OH), Blumenauer (OR), Bonamici (OR), Butterfield (NC), Capuano (MA), Cardenas (CA), Castor (FL), Cicilline (RI), Chu (CA), Clark (MA), Coffman (CO), Cohen (TN), Conyers (MI), Danny Davis (IL), DeFazio (OR), DeGette (CO), Deutch (FL), Dingell (MI), Ellison (MN), Engel (NY), Foster (IL), Fudge (OH), Garamendi (CA), Grayson (FL), Grijalva (AZ), Hastings (FL), Heck (WA), Higgins (NY), Jackson Lee (TX), Johnson (GA), Kennedy (MA), Kuster (NH), Langevin (RI), Levin (MI), Lewis (GA), Lipinski (IL), Lofgren (CA), Lujan (NM), Lujan Grisham (NM), Carolyn Maloney (NY), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), Matsui (CA), McDermott (WA), McGovern (MA), McNerney (CA), Moore (WI), Murphy (PA), Nadler (NY), Neal (MA), Pascrell (NJ), Perlmutter (CO), Peterson (MN), Pingree (ME), Pocan (WI), Polis (CO), Rangel (NY), Sarbanes (MD), Scott (VA), Schakowsky (IL), Sinema (AZ), Sires (NJ), Speier (CA), Swalwell (CA), Takai (HI), Titus (NV), Tsongas (MA), Van Hollen (MD), Veasey (TX), Vela (TX), Walz (MN), Welch (VT), Yarmuth (KY), Young (AK)
If your Representative is NOT yet on this list, please take one minute to ask him or her to sign the letter supporting museum funding through the Office of Museum Services. You can use our Legislator Look-Up to identify your Representative.
If your Representative has already signed on, please say THANK YOU.
  • You can call the Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask to be connected to your legislators' offices.
  • You can also thank them on Facebook and Twitter. (Find your legislators, including their Facebook pages
    and Twitter handles, in our online Directory.)
And don’t forget, Senators have until Monday, March 23, to sign on to the museum funding letter circulating in the U.S. Senate.
Current SENATE Letter Signers: Gillibrand (NY), Baldwin (WI), Blumenthal (CT), Schumer (NY) and Stabenow (MI)
If either of your Senators is not yet on this list, please take 1 minute to also ask them to sign on this year.
Thank you for taking action on this issue!
P.S. Last week, President Obama announced Dr. Kathryn Matthew as his nominee to be the next leader of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more in Alliance President Ford W. Bell’s March 13 statement.