WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on Thursday blocked consideration for legislation to establish a National Museum of the American Latino and an American Women’s History Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution, reasoning that the US does not need “separate but equal museums.
“The National Museum of the American Latino legislation had passed the House by voice vote in July following decades of efforts to establish the museum.
“At this moment in the history of our diverse nation, we need our federal government and the Smithsonian Institution itself to pull us closer together and not further apart.
“The Smithsonian Institution, Lee maintained, “should not have an exclusive museum of American Latino history or a museum of women’s history or museum of American men’s history or Mormon history or Asian-American history or Catholic history.
American history is an inclusive story that should unite us.