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Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Leaders Back Museum of the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan House co-chairs of the Italian American congressional delegation, the Scottish American congressional caucus and leaders of the Native American congressional caucus have come together to cosponsor a resolution backing the proposed National Museum of the American People.

Also backing the museum are bipartisan co-chairs of the German American, Polish American, Ukrainian American, Vietnamese American, Korean American, Taiwanese American and Greek American caucuses among others.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-VA, said the museum will tell the migration and immigration stories of every ethnic and minority American community that together make our country great. The story told by the museum will begin in the prehistoric period with the first humans in the western hemisphere and continue through creation of the nation to the present.

"It will be the best story-telling museum in the country communicating one of the world's greatest stories," Moran said. "Every American will have a vested interest in coming to see where they fit into the making of the American People and, at the same time, will learn about everyone else's story. Foreign visitors will come to see how peoples from their countries helped make this the greatest nation on Earth."

Rep. Moran's resolution, H. Con. Res. 27, which has 29 bipartisan cosponsors, calls for a Presidential commission to study establishment of the museum in Washington, DC.

Moran emphasized that the coalition of more than 150 diverse organizations supporting the museum is not seeking any federal funding to plan, build or operate the museum. The coalition encompasses more than 50 different ethnic, nationality and minority groups whose forebears came from every corner of the world.

Coalition director Sam Eskenazi said "the museum will bring alive the first words of our Constitution by telling who 'We the People' are, from where we came, how and when we got here and what we did to make the United States the world's economic, military, scientific and cultural leader."

The museum, he said, "will embody our nation's original national motto, E Pluribus Unum, from many we are one." Mr. Eskenazi asked for a hearing on the resolution.

Among the 30 congressional supporters of the museum are the bipartisan leaders of the following caucuses:

Congressional Friends of Scotland Caucus

Rep. John Duncan, R-TN

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-NC

Congressional Native American Caucus

Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK

Rep. Ron Kind, D-WI

Italian American Congressional Delegation

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-OH

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-NJ

German-American Caucus

Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-PA

Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY

Congressional Humanities Caucus

Rep. Tom Petri, R-WI

Congressional Caucus on Vietnam

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA

Congressional Taiwan Caucus

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-VA

Congressional Caucus on Poland

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-IL

Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-IL

Congressional United Kingdom Caucus

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-NC

Congressional Caucus on U.S. Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-VA

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN

Congressional Caucus on Korea

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-VA

Sudan Caucus

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA

Congressional Ukrainian Caucus

Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-PA

Congressional Caucus on Central Asia

Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, D-AS

Congressional Georgia Caucus

Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-PA

Democratic Israel Working Group

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-FL

Tunisia Caucus

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-FL


Additional House cosponsors include:

Rep. Tim Bishop, D-NY

Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN

Rep. Rush Holt, D-NJ

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-OH

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY

Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, D-MP

Rep. Robert Scott, D-VA

Rep. TIm Walz, D-MN

Rep. Don Young, R-AK


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