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H.R. 1980 (116th): Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

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To establish in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive women's history museum, and for other purposes.

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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: Feb 12, 2020
Length: 16 pages
Mar 28, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted Via Other Measures

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

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 133: H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 27, 2020. (compare text)

293 Cosponsors (233 Democrats, 59 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Maloney Closes Out 2020 with Legislative Wins
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Sponsor) on Dec 31, 2020

Courtney Votes to Pass H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Womens History Museum Act Bipartisan bill would establish a Womens History Museum within the Smithsonian Institution
    — Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT2] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 12, 2020

My Votes – Week of February 10th
    — Rep. Cathy Rodgers [R-WA5] on Feb 14, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1980 will add $374 million in new spending through 2029.
R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1980 will add $190 million in new spending through 2029.


Mar 28, 2019

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Nov 12, 2019
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Nov 13, 2019
Reported by House Committee on House Administration

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Feb 11, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1980 (116th) 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. 1980. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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