WASHINGTON, DC – Today, ASPIRE PAC Chair Grace Meng released the following statement after the Senate passage of her bill to create the first national museum dedicated to preserving the history, culture, and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The bill has already passed the House and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“The AAPI community has played a critical role in our country’s growth and prosperity, and it’s more important than ever that we have a dedicated space in our nation’s capital that acknowledges our contributions and promotes the learning of the AAPI history and culture. A national museum dedicated to AAPIs will ensure our community is seen by our fellow Americans and will help combat the xenophobic narratives we face. I want to thank Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Hirono for supporting this legislation and ensuring swift action in the Senate. I’m honored that my legislation will now head to the President during AAPI Heritage Month, and I’m excited for the opportunity to uplift and honor AAPI experiences. Democrats will continue to recognize the contributions and political power of the AAPI community and fight for their prosperity and security not just during AAPI Heritage Month, but every month.”
The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act would create an eight-member panel to explore what it would take to acquire collections for the museum, possible locations, and plans for fundraising for the museum. The process mirrors the steps taken to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Latino American Smithsonian and American Women’s History Museum.
Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Rising & Empowering Political Action Committee (ASPIRE PAC) is the political arm of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress. ASPIRE PAC is committed to supporting candidates of AAPI descent and incumbents who represent large communities of AAPI voters. According to the 2020 census, the AAPI community is the fastest-growing demographic in the country. In addition, in 2020 the AAPI community increased its voter turnout more than any other community of color. ASPIRE PAC is chaired by Congresswoman Grace Meng. There are currently 21 AAPI Members of Congress, including two U.S. Senators.