House vote likely on creation of women’s history museum

‘If every woman gave a $1, we’d have this built in no time,’ Carolyn Maloney says.

For 20 years, proponents in and out of Congress have sought the creation of a national museum devoted to women’s history, and a new bipartisan push will likely get the matter a vote in the House this fall.

Last month, a bill to establish such a museum crossed the 290 co-sponsorship threshold that allows for fast-track floor consideration under what is known as the consensus calendar. The measure could be scheduled for a vote by November.

“How can you empower women if you don’t recognize them?” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat who is behind the effort. “It’s outrageous we don’t have one.”

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