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Advocacy Alert from AASLH - contact your legislators about OMS and US Archivist

  • 21 Nov 2022 11:34 AM
    Message # 12997514
    Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and its advocacy partners need your help. Please contact Congress about the Office of Museum Services Funding and the nomination of Dr. Colleen Shogan for Archivist of the United States.

    Office of Museum Services Funding

    With our colleagues at the American Alliance of Museums, we ask you to urge your legislators to support the Office of Museum Services (OMS) and include a $20 million increase for facilities improvements!

    In late September, Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep federal agencies funded at last year's levels through December 16. Congressional appropriators are making funding decisions now, which could be the best chance for museum advocates to secure a significant increase in funding for museums.

    The U.S. Senate draft fiscal year 2023 Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Appropriations bill and associated explanatory statement released July 28, if passed by Congress, would provide a $33,800,000 increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) overall, maintaining much of the OMS increases proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Most notably, the legislation would include a $20 million funding increase for improving museum and library facilities.

    What Can I Do? Make sure your Representative and Senators know how much their support of this funding matters to constituents like you. We urge you to take a moment right now, using our quick and easy template, to contact Congress in support of OMS and new facilities funding at IMLS.

    Archivist of the United States

    The National Coalition for History (NCH), of which AASLH is a lead member, asks you to contact your U.S. Senators today in support of Dr. Colleen Joy Shogan to be the 11th Archivist of the United States. 

    NCH is pressing the Senate to confirm Dr. Shogan’s nomination before the end of the current Congress, or it could be delayed next year. It's vital that we have a permanent Archivist of the United States in place at this critical time in our nation’s history.

    For additional background, see the letter that the National Coalition for History sent to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in support of Dr. Shogan’s confirmation.

    Use this form, enter your zip code, and automatically direct a personalized email to your two U.S. Senators.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
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