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Sinema Leads Effort to Protect U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from Proposed Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Congressman John Katko (NY-24), and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) sent a 60-member bipartisan letter to the Appropriations Committee to protect funding for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) against proposed cuts in the administration's budget request.

“The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is our country’s official memorial to the Holocaust and a critical educational tool for Americans,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “It is a tribute to the more than six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and reminds us that we must never forget, especially at a time of rising anti-Semitism around the world. Attempts to cut funding for the museum are misguided, and this letter demonstrates a strong, bipartisan commitment to protecting the museum and the educational value it provides to all Americans.

Federal funding for the USHMM is provided annually through the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Current enacted funding levels for Fiscal Year 2017 provide $57 million for the USHMM. The President’s budget request seeks $54 million for the museum, which is a $3 million reduction.

Text of the letter is available here:

 

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