Legislative update and Museums Advocacy Day 2022 go virtual – American Alliance of Museums

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Advocacy Alert – November 19, 2021

In this Alliance Advocacy Alert:

  • Act now: Ask Congress to Endorse Historic WHO Increase
  • Signed in law: Law on investment in infrastructure and employment
  • Vaccination / testing requirements: OSHA ETS for employers with 100 or more suspended
  • Participate wherever you are: Join us virtually for Museum Advocacy Day 2022

Ask Congress to Endorse Historic WHO Increase

Thanks to the continued efforts of museum advocates across the country, the House of Representatives adopted a proposal Funding increase of $ 14 million (35%) for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) earlier this year and a Senate appropriations subcommittee more recently approved an identical increase in a bill. This would be a historic increase in current funding from $ 40.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2021 to $ 54.5 million for museum programs in fiscal year 2022 if those numbers match. maintain. The increase of $ 14 million would be broken down as follows:

  • Increase from $ 7 million to $ 33.9 million for Museums for America;
  • increase from $ 1 million to $ 3.3 million for Native American / Hawaiian Museum services;
  • $ 4 million for grants to museums for Latin American history and culture (new program); and
  • Increase from $ 2 million to $ 5.2 million for museum grants for African American history and culture.

In addition to these proposed increases, IMLS would collectively get an additional $ 1 million for research, analysis and data collection and an additional $ 1 million for program administration.

However, the credit process is stuck in slow negotiations. Another temporary funding measure is expected beyond the current December 3 stopgap, which keeps the federal government at last year’s funding levels while Congress finalizes a spending program over the next few weeks. Waiting for, please contact your legislators using our model urging them to support this historic increase in SGD.

Law on investment in infrastructure and employment

Signed by President Biden on November 15, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is a new law that includes several important provisions for the nonprofit charitable sector, including museums, but restricts essential relief enacted earlier. This year. The Alliance signed a statement with other leading national nonprofits that read in part:

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes several priorities that will help nonprofits and the communities they serve. We are pleased to see the inclusion of a not-for-profit energy efficiency pilot program that provides $ 50 million in grants to charities to upgrade their facilities and $ 65 billion to support broadband access for all. We are, however, disappointed that the bill eliminated the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) for the fourth quarter of this year.

The elimination of the ERTC for the fourth quarter of this year will hurt museums that anticipated this relief. The statement also calls for the reestablishment and extension of the ERTC through 2022. For more information on the IIJA, here is a summary by independent sector of the relevant nonprofit and civic infrastructure provisions. .

What can I do?

  • Take action: Use this letter model of our recent Alliance Advocacy Alert to write to your legislators.
  • To reach: With the enactment of this $ 1.2 trillion legislation, the majority of which will be implemented at state and local levels, we encourage museums to contact their state and local government transport and infrastructure agencies for potential funding opportunities for their transportation and infrastructure needs.

OSHA ETS for employers of 100 or more (vaccination / testing requirements) suspended

OSHA is suspending enforcement of the ETS after a federal appeals court upheld a stay last week pending litigation. On November 4, the US Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS) to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to the workplace. The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Here’s an analysis from the nonprofit perspective of the new Temporary Emergency Standard, and more information here.

Participate wherever you are: join us virtually for Museum Advocacy Day 2022

We are excited to announce our second Virtual Museum Advocacy Day with an updated format, allowing museum advocates like you to participate wherever you are!

Changes this year will help you shape your Museums Advocacy Day 2022 experience. Based on your feedback, we are planning some adjustments to provide self-paced access to prep resources, weekly programming events (live and on-demand) throughout the month February and registration options for those of you who want access to advocacy skills. -build resources and programs without participating in Congress tours.

Learn more about these updates, and stay tuned to Aviso and social media (Facebook | Twitter) be the first to know when registration opens.

Visit www.aam-us.org/advocacy to access all of AAM’s advocacy resources.

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