House Passes Norton, Van Hollen, Capito and Davis Bill, National Children’s Museum Act

Jun 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that yesterday the House passed her bill with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) to provide the National Children’s Museum (NCM) with rent-free space in the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the District of Columbia. Van Hollen and Capito have introduced the bill in the Senate.

NCM, the nation’s first combination children’s museum and science center, is the only congressionally designated museum that pays rent in a federal building. Due to lost revenue from the coronavirus health and economic crisis and other costs, NCM has said it will close permanently unless the bill is enacted.

“The National Children’s Museum will bring visitors to D.C. from throughout the U.S. and the world,” Norton said. “The bill’s House passage is a victory for the museum, the nation’s capital, and especially children.”

“For years, we’ve worked to get the National Children’s Museum officially up and running in our nation’s capital – after it had already served our communities for decades. The opening of its new, permanent home was a monumental step forward in this journey – but as with many organizations across our country, the pandemic could not have come at a worse time. This legislation is vital to helping ensure the Museum can continue to educate and entertain children visiting our nation’s capital for generations to come. I was glad to see the House pass our bipartisan bill to support this timeless institution, I’ll be pushing for the Senate to follow suit quickly,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“I appreciate all of Congresswoman Norton and Representative Davis’s work to ensure the National Children’s Museum continues educating and inspiring our nation’s youth. I’m thrilled this legislation passed the House, and I look forward to working with my colleague Senator Van Hollen to push it across the finish line in the Senate,” said Senator Capito.