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H.R. 6988 (115th): Museum and Library Services Act of 2018

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About the bill

How much federal money, if any, should go to libraries and museums?


The previous reauthorization of the Museum and Library Service Act came in 2010, signed by President Obama. But President Trump wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services agency, and its $231 million budget, entirely.

A Senate committee voted unanimously last week to not only preserve the agency, but increase its budget as well.

What the bill does

The Museum and Library Services Act [S. 3530 + H.R. 6988] in many ways mirrors the previous Obama-era reauthorization, but with a few changes:

  • Total expenditures would be $299 million, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.
  • More funds for disaster preparedness for libraries and museums, an issue more front and center in …

Sponsor and status

Raúl Grijalva

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2018
Length: 30 pages
Sep 28, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

S. 3530: Museum and Library Services Act of 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 31, 2018. (compare text)

10 Cosponsors (6 Republicans, 4 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Access to Libraries and Museums
    — Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ7] (Sponsor) on Oct 2, 2018

Stefanik Cosponsors Legislation to Reauthorize Federal Library and Museum Funding
    — Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 26, 2018

Senator Reed’s Bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act Heads to President’s Desk
    — Sen. John F. “Jack” Reed [D-RI] on Dec 19, 2018

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Sep 28, 2018

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H.R. 6988 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6988. 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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