Advocacy Alert: March 5, 2012

TIME SENSITIVE ISSUE 

Act Now - Ask Your Representative to Support the IMLS Office of Museum Services! 

Once again, in conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide at least $35 million in FY13 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  

The deadline to sign on to this letter is this FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012.  

CLICK HERE to ask your Representative to SIGN THE TONKO/LANCE/SLAUGHTER APPROPRIATIONS LETTER Today!

Please encourage your Representative to join Reps. Tonko, Lance, Slaughter, Clarke, Courtney, Critz, Doyle, Hanabusa, Kildee, Kucinich, Lujan, Moran, Nadler, Norton, Rangel, Schakowsky and Stark in signing-on to this year's letter of support for OMS funding. 

“This is our chance to ask members of Congress to take a stand in support of increased funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services by signing this bipartisan ‘Dear Colleague' letter,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell . “I applaud Representatives Paul Tonko, Leonard Lance and Louise Slaughter for their continued leadership in supporting the essential role of museums in communities.”

The Office of Museum Services received just over $35 million in the FY10 funding cycle. President Obama recommends retaining current funding levels for the IMLS Office of Museum Services ($30,859,000) in his FY13 budget proposal.