Advocacy Alert: Dec. 19

Just In: Bipartisan Budget Deal Sets the Stage for FY14 and FY15 Funding Decisions

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted 64-36 to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, sending the agreement to President Obama’s desk for signature. This budget plan replaces some of this year’s scheduled sequestration cuts with more targeted budget reductions and some increased federal revenue. The legislation also sets an agreed-upon overall spending level for the following year, Fiscal Year 2015. Now that Congress has agreed on an overall spending level for Fiscal Year 2014, legislators have until January 15 to decide on the specific funding for each agency and program, including those important to museums.

"After October’s shameful shutdown of the federal government, it is encouraging to see legislators reaching compromise. I am hopeful that this modest agreement will represent the first step toward reversing harmful sequestration cuts that have hurt museums’ work serving their communities and boosting their local economies,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell.

Because this deal increases the chances of a more typical budget process next year–including consideration of individual agencies and programs–it also dramatically raises the stakes for Museums Advocacy Day 2014. We encourage everyone who believes in the cause of museums to register today. 

Museums Advocacy Day is Feb. 24-25 in Washington, D.C. and we need you to help us make the case to legislators that museums are essential. Help us ensure that every member of Congress gets a visit from the museums they represent, especially if you are from the following under-represented states: AK, AL, AZ, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, and WY.

And don’t forget, Alliance members register for free!

Members of the 2014 Co-Convenor and Leader organizations (AASLH, ACM, APGA, ASMD, AZA and WMA) also register for free. 

Here are three more things you can do to prepare for what’s ahead in 2014:

Brush Up On Your Advocacy Skills: Want to make a year-round plan for getting involved in advocacy for your museum? See examples of how other museums have engaged in state and local advocacy? See where your legislators are on key issues for museums? Access all of this and more in our comprehensive Advocacy Resources.

Learn About the Issues and Contact Congress: Throughout the year, the Alliance is monitoring and weighing in on public policy issues affecting museums. See our efforts and use our tools to Contact Congress in just a few clicks.

Save the Date for the 2014 State of the Alliance Town Hall Meeting: January 29 at 2pm EST. Alliance President Ford W. Bell will preview the year ahead, including successes in the museum field, challenges facing our field and how the Alliance has adapted its programs and services to ensure that museums of all sizes and disciplines are supported.

Support the Alliance’s field-wide advocacy events and efforts. Make a tax-deductible donation!