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Protecting Funding for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dear Friend,

At the beginning of every year, the administration sends Congress a budget blueprint for the federal government. The administration’s budget request for this coming year drew opposition from both sides of the aisle because it does not invest in the needs of today or the priorities of tomorrow.

While reviewing the coming year's budget request, we were surprised to discover the administration proposes cuts to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The museum is our country’s official memorial to the Holocaust and a critical educational tool for Americans of all ages. The museum contains tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of documents and photographs, and an ongoing registry of Holocaust survivors. It is a fitting tribute to the more than six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and reminds us that we must never forget.

This week, we led a bipartisan group of more than sixty members in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee to protect funding for the museum and to underscore the museum’s importance at a time of rising anti-Semitism around the world. Here at home, the recent desecration of Jewish gravesites in cemeteries, the uptick of neo-Nazi graffiti on college campuses, and political efforts to diminish the impact the Holocaust specifically had on the Jewish people should alarm all of us.

While I support efforts to reduce wasteful spending and get our deficit under control, we must do so in a way that reflects our national priorities and remains true to our values. Arizonans want a budget that is fiscally responsible and invests in core priorities like education, healthcare, and infrastructure, while keeping us safe at home and abroad. We will continue our work to reach across the aisle to find fiscal solutions that reflect these priorities.

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kyrsten

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