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734AAM Museum Advocacy Alert

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  • Ryan, Niki
    Feb 4, 2009

      The museum community nationwide is working to develop a stronger advocacy network and provide information on key issues that affect the museum field.  The American Association of Museums is distributing the information below about an important issue now before Congress.



      Senate Amendment to Bar Museums From Any Economic Recovery Funds
      Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has introduced an amendment to prohibit any funds in the economic stimulus bill from going to museums.

      The language of the amendment, (Amendment No. 175, as filed) is, "None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel lights, and dry heat saunas."

      This amendment may be offered as early as Wednesday, February 4. Call your Senators TODAY and urge them to vote NO on the Coburn "Limitation of Funds Amendment No. 175." To reach your Senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators' offices.

      Please call today!

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      Niki Ryan

      Administrative Assistant

      Illinois Association of Museums

      1 Old State Capitol Plaza

      Springfield , IL   62701