Rep. Lee Helps Lead Passage of Bipartisan Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

February 11, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act today, which would establish the country’s first comprehensive women’s history museum. Rep. Lee is an original cosponsor of the bill, which has 293 total cosponsors, 60 of whom are Republicans. 

“As a member of the largest class of women to ever be elected to Congress, I believe there’s no better time than right now to create the country’s first comprehensive Women’s History Museum,” said Rep. Lee. “The integral role of women in American history is clear, yet women’s contributions are often forgotten or brushed over—missing from our textbooks, museums, and archives. This historic bill helps put an end to that neglect. With strong bipartisan support and 293 cosponsors in the House, we showed again that the best way to solve problems in Congress is by working together across party lines. Along with the tireless leadership of Congresswoman Maloney, we are one step closer to ensuring that every American can learn about and celebrate the amazing women who have helped shape our country.” 

BACKGROUND: In September 2019, Problem Solvers Caucus colleagues Reps. Lee and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.-01) led the charge in garnering bipartisan support for the bill to pass the 290-cosponsor threshold to be placed on the consensus calendar. This is the result of a new House rule that the Problem Solvers Caucus championed as part of its ‘Break the Gridlock’ initiative. This brought the bill one step closer to passage.