Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to encourage her fellow senators to ask the Senate Appropriations Committee for $50 million in funding for the Office of Museum Services, a branch of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is a $14.8 million increase over the amount designated for the current fiscal year. In the House of Representatives, Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) circulated a similar request to their fellow congressmen, which 25 representatives signed.
The American Association of Museums (AAM) has created a form letter that you may use to urge your senator to sign on to the Gillibrand Museum letter. Another form letter has been generated to encourage Congress to support the $50 million in funding for the IMLS. Use the online fields to enter your contact information, which will then select your senator/ representative’s name and address. You can then download (as an .rtf) and print the letter to mail or fax, or choose the email option to send your letter right away. You can edit and personalize your missive before sending.