Advocacy Alert: March 16, 2010

Ask Your Rep. to Sign the Tonko/Slaughter/Lance House Appropriations Letter Supporting Office of Museum Services

Great News!  In conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter in the House of Representatives encouraging members of Congress to join their bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging $50 million for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

"The strength of this letter will be determined by how many members of the House of Representatives sign on to it, and they are most likely to do so when asked by a constituent," said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "If enough members of Congress sign on, it could lead to increased funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services, which has been level-funded for several years. I applaud the leadership of Representatives Tonko, Slaughter and Lance on this issue."

The letter highlights the many educational and other vital services museums provide and asks the Appropriations Committee to support $50 million for FY11 (a $14.8 million increase over FY10) for OMS. These funds will help to protect collections nationwide and to help museums continue to meet the increasing demands for their unique programs and services.