National Women’s History Museum: Behind the Spin

Spin: The legislation (H.R. 863) to develop a National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) in DC is written to bar the museum from ever receiving federal funding.

  • Reality: This is not true. H.R. 863 requires the commission to merely develop a plan to fund the museum with private donations as an option. However, there is no language prohibiting federal funding of a future museum (nor could any such language bind a future Congress). In fact, the bill requires the commission to submit its recommendations to the Congressional appropriations committees. Why would Congress need to consider appropriating funds for a plan that does not use any?

Spin:  H.R. 863 calls for a bipartisan commission, appointed by both the Majority and Minority leadership, to conduct the feasibility study. This will prevent against the pedaling of a one-side ideology.

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WATCH: Rep. Michele Bachmann Explains Opposition to National Women’s History Museum

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was on the House floor Wednesday where she clearly and compellingly explained why she is concerned about the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall in D.C.

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