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H.R. 1980: 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)

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 11, 2020

This bill passed in the House on February 11, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Congresswoman Maloney Celebrates Womens Equality Day 2020
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Sponsor) on Aug 26, 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 McMorris 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
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Feb 11, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1980 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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