Sending Office: Honorable Jose E. Serrano
Sent By:
Melissa.Alvarez@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Bring American Latino History and Contributions to the Smithsonian

Support The National Museum of the American Latino Act

Co-sponsors (146): *Hurd, Aguilar,
Amodei
, Bacon, Barragán, Bass, Beatty, Blumenauer, Boyle, Brindisi, Brown, Brownley, Butterfield, Carbajal, Cárdenas, Carson,
Carter (TX), Cartwright, Castor, Castro, Chu, Cicilline, Cisneros, Clark, Clarke, Cleaver, Clyburn, Cohen, Correa, Costa, Cox, Craig, Cuellar, Danny Davis, Davis (CA), DeGette, Delgado, Demings, DeSaulnier,
Diaz-Balart, Doggett, Duffy, Engel, Escobar, Eshoo, Espaillat, Fudge, Gallego, Garamendi, Garcia (IL), Garcia (TX), Gomez,
Gonzalez (OH), Gonzalez (TX), González-Colón, Grijalva, Haaland, Harder, Hastings, Hayes,
Herrera Beutler, Higgins (NY), Hill (CA), Horsford, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Jeffries, Johnson (TX), Johnson (GA),
Katko, Kelly (IL), Khanna, Kilmer, King (NY), Kirkpatrick, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Lawrence, Lee (CA), Lee (NV), Levin, Lewis, Lowenthal, Luján, Lynch, Carolyn Maloney,
McCaul, McEachin, McGovern, Meng, Moore, Mucarsel-Powell, Nadler, Napolitano,
Newhouse, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Olson, Pallone, Panetta, Pascrell, Payne, Peters, Pressley, Quigley, Raskin, Rice (NY), Richmond, Rouda, Ruiz, Ryan, Sablan, Sánchez, San Nicolas, Scanlon, Schiff, Scott (VA), Shalala, Sherman, Sires, Slotkin,
Smith (WA), Soto, Stanton, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson (CA), Titus, Tlaib, Tonko, Torres, Torres Small, Trahan, Trone, Van Drew, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Velázquez, Visclosky, Wasserman Schultz, Waters, Watson Coleman, Wild, Wilson (FL).

Supporting Organizations: Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS); Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO); The Dolores Huerta Foundation; National Association
of State Latino Chambers of Commerce; National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts; National Hispanic Business Group; MANA, A National Latina Organization; Voces Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin; U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Hispanic
Heritage Foundation; LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Latino Coalition; Hispanic 100; Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents; National Immigrant Legal Center; National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Voto Latino; UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute;
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association; Latino Community Foundation.

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act. Nearly 58 million Latinos, or 18.1 percent of the population, currently reside in the United States. By 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates this population will
reach 119 million, or nearly 30 percent of the population. Latinos also account for 25 percent of the nation’s 54 million K-12 students in 2016, up from 16 percent in 2000. This young, vibrant, and growing community not only represents the future, but are
also the largest and fastest growing racial or ethnic group in our country. Yet, American Latinos continue facing systemic under-representation in nearly every facet of American life, including the arts and cultural institutions.

In September 2018, the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative released a much-anticipated report entitled
Invisible No More. It highlighted the Smithsonian’s failure in implementing seven of the ten recommendations it laid forth to improve
representation in its 24 year old report
Willful Neglect
. In fact, the report found that decreased federal funding for the Smithsonian Latino Center over time and a pervasive dearth of leadership roles held by Latinos remain substantial barriers to achieving greater inclusion. This is
simply unacceptable.

Efforts to establish the National Museum of the American Latino have been underway in Congress since 2003, with the first bill introduced by former Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). In 2008, President George W. Bush and Congressional
leadership established the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino to determine the feasibility and need for a new museum. The 23-member commission issued its

final report
in 2011 laying out a detailed plan for a sustainable, world-class museum with a mission to illuminate the American Latino story for the benefit of all.

That is why we have reintroduced H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would finally act on the Commission’s report by initiating the process of establishing a new museum within the Smithsonian
Institution dedicated to sharing the American Latino experience with the world. From serving in all American wars to influencing our economy, the arts, sciences, and sports, the contributions Latinos have made to American culture and history are innumerable
and, more often than not, overlooked by our history books and classes. Latino history
is American history and our nation’s story is incomplete without it.

Join this exciting effort today. For more information, or to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, please contact Marcus Garza (Serrano) at
Marcus.Garza@mail.house.gov or Rachel Thompson (Hurd) at
Rachel.Thompson@mail.house.gov.

                                              Sincerely,

José E. Serrano                                                           Will Hurd

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

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Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2420
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