Chairman Miller Statement on National Women’s History Museum Bill

Apr 2, 2014

This commission would be paid for entirely by private funds

WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller R-Mich., held a markup of the bill to establish a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum (H.R. 863).  The measure was passed out of the Committee by a bipartisan and unanimous voice vote.  H.R. 863 now awaits consideration from the House Committee on Natural Resources.  Miller said:

“The accomplishments of women are woven throughout the tapestry of our great nation’s history – within small towns and large cities, within each state, and across the entire nation.  Women have contributed in every war effort, been inventors and architects, business innovators, and our leaders shaping America’s politics.

“Creating a commission, which would be paid for and maintained entirely with private funds, to study a future museum is an important step towards memorializing America’s memory of the deep and enduring contributions women have made.  It is especially important to fully explore how such a museum would integrate within our existing Smithsonian Institution.

“I am pleased that our Committee voted to move this bill forward and to provide an opportunity to determine how our nation can best represent the significant milestones and advancements of our foremothers.”

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