Maloney Applauds Inclusion of Smithsonian Women’s Initiative Funding in Omnibus
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of H.R. 19, Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, released the following statement on the inclusion of $2 million designated for the Smithsonian Women’s Initiative in the FY2018 Omnibus spending package.
“The Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative is integral in laying the groundwork for a future Smithsonian museum dedicated to American women’s history. That is why I offered an amendment providing for $2 million for the Initiative to the Interior Appropriations bill last year that was approved by the House. I am pleased that the funding was preserved in the final spending bill. The effort to more completely and more fairly honor both women and men throughout the Smithsonian institutions is an important one for Congress to fully support. After all, how can we expect to inspire women and girls if we do not recognize them?
“I have been fighting for many years for a national museum dedicated to telling American women’s history, and my bill to establish such a museum in the Smithsonian has more than 250 bipartisan cosponsors. I hope that the Congress will follow up this important step today by bringing my important bill to the floor for a vote.”