May 29, 2020

Warren Joins 22 Colleagues in Urging Senate Leadership to Increase Funding for Nonprofit Museums and Library Services in the Next COVID-19 Package

Senators request $2B towards the Institute of Museums and Library Services

Text of Letter (PDF)


Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined 22 of her Senate colleagues to urge Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The senators asked to direct $2 billion to nonprofit museums through the Institute of Museums and Library Services in the upcoming COVID-19 package.


The letter comes in the aftermath of a massive loss in revenue for museums due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study conducted by the American Alliance of Museums, museums are losing $33 million a day due to COVID-19 related closures. These closures are impacting workers, as museums employ 726,000 workers nationally, including over 16,000 in Massachusetts.


The letter has the support of the American Alliance of Museums, which represents over 35,000 professionals, volunteers, and institutions in the sector.


This letter was also signed by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D- R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D- Conn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai’i), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).