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National Women’s History Museum Makes Another Push Toward Existence

This week marked another push to get a National Women’s History Museum built within the hallowed confines of the National Mall. Attempted three times over the last six years, the organization had received the support of Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York and Senator Susan Collins from Maine to introduce a bill to give the museum permission to purchase a federally-owned plot of land at 12th and Independence Avenue in Washington, but as it made its way successfully through the House, it was stalled last year in Senate when a hold was placed on it by two senators, Jim DeMint from South Carolina and Tom Coburn from Oklahoma. If this week’s efforts, which included a rally on Wednesday afternoon, manage to get the hold removed, the plans will move forward. However, as the Washington City Paper reports, the trick then will be figuring out how much the land costs and how much they can afford to buy. Here’s a copy of the stalled bill, S.2129 (pdf) and for some background on the ongoing efforts, here’s from the Journal Gazette and here’s a piece about it from Sheri Caplan at Forbes.

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