Record Support from Senators for Office of Museum Services Funding

Category: Advocacy Alert
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Advocacy Alert: April 18, 2018

Record Support from Senators for Office of Museum Services Funding

Building on an unprecedented level of support in the U.S. House of Representatives, last week a record 40 U.S. Senators joined a letter calling for robust funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“Museum advocates have done it again, with a record number of Senators standing up for the Office of Museum Services,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “It’s a great achievement, especially as the FY 2019 funding process is now fully underway. Please take a moment and thank your Senators who signed this letter and let them know we appreciate their support of museums.”

This success is possible in part due to your strong response to recent action alerts which underscore the impressive showing at the 10th Annual Museums Advocacy Day, when 335 museum supporters made the case in 395 congressional offices spanning all 50 states. Advocates discussed museums’ educational and community value, and also presented groundbreaking new data about their economic impact and deep public support.

Thank you to all of the partner organizations and advocates who took action!

What You Can Do: Thank Legislators on Social Media

Senators need to know that their actions are noticed and appreciated by the museums they represent. So here’s the best way to thank them:

  1. Use our Legislator Lookup page to find your Senators and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  2. Check the list at the bottom of this alert to see if your Senator signed.
  3. Say “Thank You!” You can use our sample posts to get started. Be sure to use #museumsadvocacy. Also tag the Alliance (@AAMers) and your Senators in your posts and tweets.

Sample Social Media Posts:

  • Facebook – Museums are essential! We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Senator _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and for your support of [your museum]. #museumsadvocacy
  • Facebook – [Your museum name] is essential in our community. We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Senator _______________ ] for signing this year’s OMS letter in support of funding for museums. #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter – [Your museum] thanks [Senator _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter! Museums are essential. @AAMers #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter – Thank you [Senator _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and supporting [your museum name]! @AAMers #museumsadvocacy

FY 2019 Senate Office of Museum Services Letter Signers
All signers listed alphabetically by state below. Letter leader in bold.
Find your legislators.   

  • Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
  • Christopher A. Coons (D-DE)
  • Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
  • Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
  • Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
  • Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)
  • Gary C. Peters (D-MI)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • John Tester (D-MT)
  • Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH)
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Cory A. Booker (D-NJ)
  • Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
  • Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
  • Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Joe Manchin III (D-WV)

Thank you for your advocacy for museums.

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