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H.R. 19 (115th): Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

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About the bill

The Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act would establish the creation of a new museum on the subject by the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The actual construction of the building would be financed fully by private donations, estimated at $150-$180 million. Taxpayer dollars would be used for the actual operation of the museum once it’s up and running, as is true for the other Smithsonian Institution museums.

The bill was introduced in March 2017 by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), numbered H.R. 19. The bill’s number was intentionally held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to honor the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote.

The Senate version was introduced a few months later in June 2017 by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

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Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2017
Length: 16 pages
Mar 30, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 30, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


257 Cosponsors (194 Democrats, 63 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Maloney Addresses Seniors at the Swinging 60s Senior Citizen Centers Mothers Day Celebration
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Sponsor) on May 11, 2018

Majority of the House Now Supports Reps. Maloney & Royces Bill to Build an American Womens History Museum on the Mall
    — Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 29, 2017

Majority of the House Now Supports Reps. Maloney & Royces Bill to Build an American Womens History Museum on the Mall
    — Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39, 2013-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 29, 2017

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Mar 30, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 19 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 19. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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