Senators call for Smithsonian Latino women’s museums to be built on the National Mall

0

A group of senators on Monday called on the Smithsonian Institution to commit to building the upcoming National Museum of the American Latino and Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

In a letter to Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, the bipartisan group of senators wrote that the two museums should be “as close to or as close to the National Mall as possible.”

Both museum projects were approved by Congress in 2020, and the Smithsonian appointed the Latino Museum’s Board of Trustees in June and the Museum of Women’s History Advisory Board in August.

The museums’ committees are responsible for selecting the location – Bunch is an ex officio member of both committees.

Space in the National Mall is tight – the latest major construction in the capital’s outstanding national park is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was completed in 2016.

The movement to create the two new museums has been pushing for decades to get official approval and a pledge of funding – received in 2020 – and spots on the National Mall, which is visited by 25 million people each year.

Proponents of the museum projects argue that other locations would mean lower status for the museums compared to the Smithsonian’s existing venues.

“The addition of the two new museums in the Mall will further the Smithsonian’s mission by showcasing and highlighting the untold and overlooked contributions of women and Latinos to our nation,” the Senators wrote.

“It is fitting that these two museums are prominently placed as it helps more visitors enjoy and learn from them,” they added.

Various specific locations were discussed for the museums, including the existing Arts and Industries Building, which has a prime location in the mall but is less square feet than most modern museum projects.

There has been some debate about exactly which country the National Mall covers, but the Senate letter defined the area as “the two mile park from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, bounded north and south by Constitution and Independence Avenues “.

That definition would exclude the Upper and Lower Senate parks, which were also viewed as potential museum locations, from contestation, although some Capitol officials refused to give up the area, which includes Senate parking spaces.

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Spending Law Faces Senate Scramble Republicans Raise Concerns Over Biden’s nomination for Ambassador to Germany Biden triggers high-level scramble over spending limits MORE (DN.J.) headed the letter. He was accompanied by Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSanders Aids Kaiser Permanente Workers Before Monday’s Strike Provide Affordable Housing for Recruiting Our Next Generation Volunteer Firefighters Progressives Push Decision To Cut Biden’s Paid Family Vacation Program MORE (D-Wis.), Michael BennetThe exit of Michael Farrand BennetSununu underscores the GOP’s uncertain path to gaining a majority in the Senate “An earthquake”: GOP rises after the Democrats took action against Manchin on Tuesday and are again pushing for family vacations MORE (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory BookerCory BookerBooker to headline Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire More than 100 Democrats sign bill to ensure access to birth control Sanders supports Kaiser Permanente workers ahead of Monday MORE (DN.J.), Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis Cardin Democrats Plow Ahead As Manchin-Yo-Jos The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – House Votes On Biden Social Expenditure Bill After McCarthy Delays Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented By Boeing – Senators Take On Wednesday the Defense Act to MORE (D-Md.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein, five media faces who became US political candidates pushing stealth hunter sales to UAE, official says ban on new offshore wells must remain in the Build Back Better Act, MORE (D-Calif.), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSununu sidesteps 2024 presidential run issue Sununu backlash causes GOP to creep in New Hampshire Booker is headlining Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire MORE (DN.H.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichManchin: Virginia results confirm concerns about spending package Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods, and Baby Tigers (DN.M.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats Call Biden Supreme Court Commission on Midterm gloom grows for Democrats Sanders to support Kaiser Permanente workers ahead of Monday’s MORE strike (D-Hawaii), Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Health Care – Presented by Emergent Biosolutions – 2.6 Million Children Vaccinated in First Two Weeks Hillicon Valley – Biden Signs Telecommunications Security Bill Biden Signs Bill To Secure Telecommunications Systems Against Foreign Threats MORE (D-mass), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyBiden speaks on Business Tuesday, with the Fed election imminent. On The Money – House Democrats pass Biden’s grand bill (D-Erz.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayMore than 100 Democrats Sign Birth Control Access Law The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden Welcomes Infrastructure Law, Talks With China’s Xi Critics Say Congress Couldn’t MORE Pandemic Preparedness (D-wash.), Alex PadillaAlex PadillaHistorical Immigration Reform Included in House Spending Bill Democrats Boost Filibuster Talks After Voting Setback at House Outlines Immigration Regulations In Latest Build Back Better Package MORE (D-Calif.), Jacky rosesJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenAmerica’s clean energy future cannot end at state lines Hillicon Valley – Immigrants Admitted to Surveillance Programs Senate Democrats urge the government to do more to protect K-12 schools from hackers MORE (D-Nev.), Charles SchumerChuck Schumer voters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message that Standoff swiftly ruled out Senate Defense Bill by Thanksgiving Day Defund Biden: The Only Way To Budget America MORE (DN.Y.), Tina SmithTina Flint SmithSenators Seek to Permanently Expand Eligibility for Telemedicine Minneapolis Votes Against Police Department Replacement Senate Democrats CALL MORE Diversity Among New Federal Reserve Bank Presidents (D-Minn.), Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSchumer-McConnell throttle the debt ceiling (D-Md.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden speaks to upcoming Fed pick Christie on Business Tuesday: Trump Must Stop Talking About “Stolen” Elections and Focus On Future GOP Senator: Democrats Can Only Get Funds For “Promotional Programs” From The Middle Class MORE (D-mass), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseBiden speaks in the business world on Tuesday, with Fed election imminent. On The Money – House Democrats pass Biden’s grand bill (DR.I.), John CornynJohn CornynCornyn says he would be “surprised” if the GOP tries to discontinue Sinema in 2024 (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money – House Democrats Pass Biden’s Big Bill Rubio Calls Biden’s Bank Guardians Pick a “Communist” McConnell is looking for a way out of the debt ceiling MORE (R-Fla.) And Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThree female senators call NYT coverage of Sinema’s clothing “sexist” Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – The US ponders the future GOP senators of the Afghan evacuees appalled by “ridiculous” house disputes MORE (R-Maine).

A similar letter was received in the House from Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) And MPs Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyGOP Asks Kerry for Climate Diplomacy Oversight Hearing Senators Examine Defense Bill To Postpone Cybersecurity Measures Over 100 Democrats Sign Bill Giving Access To Birth Control MORE (DN.Y.). They were joined by a bipartisan group of 70 representatives.

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.