SMITHSONIAN WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM ACT PASSES THRESHOLD: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, announced on September 12 that she has formally requested that the bill be placed on the consensus calendar. The legislation currently has 292 cosponsors, surpassing the 290-cosponsor threshold.

Rep. Maloney introduced the bill on March 28, with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The legislation was formally endorsed by the Problem Solvers Caucus on July 25, 2019.

“For me, it is hard to see how anyone could oppose legislation that will inspire the next generation of American leaders by telling the stories of American women who have shaped our nation. That’s why I am proud that my bill to create a women’s history museum on the National Mall now has the support of more than 290 bipartisan cosponsors,” said Rep. Maloney. “It took nearly 20 years to pass a bill just to create a Congressional Commission to study whether a museum should be built – but I refuse to let it take that long for us to commit to building it. There is no reason this bill should not be supported by every member of the House and Senate. Women are half the population. This is not about politics or partisanship. This is about giving women – all women – their rightful place in history. I am grateful to all of my colleagues who have helped gain so much support for this bill.”

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