Thursday, August 10, 2006

DC Latino Museum Update

Our friend, Deputy Legislative Director Joel Najar advised The Latino Edge on the progress of HR 2134, the bill introduced by Representatives Xavier Becerra (Ca-31) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)to study the possibility of the creation of the Latino Cultural Arts Museum in Washington DC. This is what he had to say:

We are making good progress with the bipartisan national Latino museum commission bill (HR 2134), sponsored by Rep. Becerra and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. As you may recall, this legislation would create an expert commission to study the feasibility of establishing a museum dedicated to portraying the Latino/Hispanic contributions to the art, history, and culture of the United States.

The two House committees in charge of the bill have passed them favorably and it is expected that the bill will come before the full House for a floor vote in September, using a procedure that allows for no amendment and would require a 2/3 majority vote.

In the Senate, Sen. Ken Salazar and Sen. Mel Martinez are seeking more cosponsors for the companion bill (S. 2475) and trying to get a hearing scheduled for early September. We are trying to get the Senate to pass the bill before Congress adjourns for the year in October.

We need help getting more Senate cosponsors, esp. from southwestern states. Sen. Domenici has cosponsored the bill, which is a big boost for it. His press release is below.

Please let your networks know and forward the attached letter so they can forward to their Senators. The current sponsors are: Sen. Bingaman, Sen. Boxer, Sen. Clinton, Sen. Domenici, Sen. Durbin, Sen. Hatch Hutchison, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Lautenberg, Sen. Martinez, Sen. Menendez, Sen. Nelson, Sen. Obama, Sen. Schumer.

More info on the bill is always available here.


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