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Women have made an indelible mark on America's rich history. A National Women's History Museum, particularly on the National Mall, would forever mark their accomplishments. It's unfortunate, then, that Sen. Mike Lee is intent on blocking a vote on this long overdue recognition.
The House of Representatives has already passed legislation (383-33) that would establish a commission to follow the recognized process for considering a national museum. A vote in the Senate would mean this bipartisan legislation, which costs no taxpayer dollars, could move forward.
We must allow the legislative process to work. If the Senate doesn't pass this bill now, we'll have to start from scratch all over again next year. Women who have had a tremendous impact shaping our society deserve better than that.
I am the public policy chair for the Salt Lake City Branch of the American Association of University Women. AAUW is an organization that promotes equity for women and girls, and we believe women's history should be remembered. Sen. Lee needs to quit holding up the vote on this discussion.