Majority of House members now back bill for women's museum
WASHINGTON — A majority of U.S. House members now support legislation to create a Smithsonian museum dedicated to American women's history, marking a major milestone for a bill first introduced in 1995.
The bill’s lead sponsors, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Ed Royce, R-Calif., announced Thursday that the bill has 227 co-sponsors. They are calling on relevant House committees to hold hearings and are seeking support from President Trump.
“Now is the time to get this done, which is why Mr. Royce and I have requested that the president lend his support to our efforts,” Maloney said in a statement. “A new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history will inspire young women and men for years to come and demonstrate to the world our country’s commitment to equality.”
The bill would establish the museum on the National Mall. The construction would be privately financed, but the bill would authorize federal funds for the planning, design and operation of the museum.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., an original cosponsor of the bill, said the bill passed a House committee in 2009 but stopped short of the House floor.
“I believe with our record number of cosponsors, we are going to get to the House floor this time,” she said.