What is Senate Bill S. 398?
would establish a commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The 8-member commission would have 18 months to produce the report and submit it to the Congress. All commission members would serve without pay but would be reimbursed for travel expenses. In addition, the commission would be authorized to hire staff and, while no federal employees could be detailed to the commission, federal agencies could provide technical support. Finally, the bill would prohibit federal funds from being used for commission expenses; it would have to rely on gifts and contributions to cover those costs.
If enacted, the bill would be a first step toward establishing a museum dedicated to honoring the cultural and historical legacies of American women.
Cost of Senate Bill S. 398
The CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget.
Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) has claimed
that the museum’s website "shows an 'overwhelming bias toward women who embrace liberal ideology [and]radical feminism and fails to paint an accurate picture of the lives and actions of American women throughout our history'”.
Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum Act
A bill to establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, and for other purposes.