Advocacy Alert: Dec. 13, 2010

House Vote on IMLS Reauthorization Scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 14

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider S. 3984, a bill to reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services, on Tuesday, Dec. 14. If passed, the bill, which was approved by the Senate last week, would be sent to the President to be signed into law.

The bill is scheduled to be on the "suspension calendar," which means it is being brought up under a type of rule that is usually reserved for non-controversial items, but requires a two thirds vote for passage.

"I want to thank the hundreds of museum advocates who have been contacting Congress over the past few weeks urging them to act on S. 3984 before Congress adjourns for the year," said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "Given the way the bill will be considered, it will require approval by two-thirds of the House. We therefore must make sure that our Representatives support this bill when the House votes tomorrow."

Please contact your Representative today to urge House passage of S. 3984. The bill is slated to be considered on Tuesday. You can see it listed on the House calendar.

As we’ve noted in previous AAM Advocacy Alerts, this bipartisan bill would reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and contains several provisions proposed by the museum field, including enhanced support for conservation and preservation, emergency preparedness and response, and building statewide capacity. The bill specifically supports efforts at the state level to leverage museum resources, including statewide needs assessments and the development of state plans to improve and maximize museum services throughout the state.

Stay tuned for additional updates on the progress of IMLS Reauthorization!