• Senator seeks to block funding to railway museums

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: rob216, Miketherailfan

  by Otto Vondrak
 
BREAKING NEWS (Sept. 14, 2009)—Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is planning to introduce an amendment EARLY THIS WEEK to the FY10 Transportation Appropriations bill (H.R. 3288) to prohibit the use of funds for transportation museums within the Transportation Enhancements Program. Since 1992, the Transportation Enhancement Program has provided at least $110.6 million to support programs in transportation-related museums. “This latest Coburn amendment drives home the importance of stepping up our museum advocacy efforts,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell. “The fact that some in Congress still don’t understand all the ways museums enrich our communities—as educators, as stewards of history and culture, and as economic engines—is cause for concern. I urge everyone in the museum field to call their two U.S. Senators today to try to stop this misguided amendment.” The Senate is considering the Transportation Appropriations bill RIGHT NOW and is planning to vote on the legislation by Wednesday (Sept. 16), which means Sen. Coburn’s amendment could be introduced at ANY time.

* Call your Senators TODAY and urge them to “VOTE NO on the Coburn amendment to block funds for Transportation Museums.”

To reach your Senators, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators’ offices.

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  by Milwaukee_F40C
 
I am an active member and volunteer at a museum that has received its small share of the government pork (before I was a member), from the state government I think, which we occasionally joke about. Its not exactly a legitimate use of taxpayer money, it is "picking winners" and distorting the market. But as long as they are just printing money and handing it out to stadium welfare, arts programs, teapot museums, and agricultural subsidies, we kind of deserve a cut just to avoid being crowded out by other interests unfairly receiving money. It does seem pretty weird that Coburn is targeting specifically railroad museum subsidies when they are part of a much larger subsidy program, and his voting record is pretty inconsistent on this sort of thing.

I just hope railroad museums are careful about what they take, because government money sometimes comes with strings attached. Also, it is a bad idea for museums to count solely on some grand government plans (thinking of Lake Shore and Brooklyn) because project funding and support can go away pretty quickly leaving them hanging.

(My opinions do not represent those of Fox River Trolley Association or other members.)
  by Noel Weaver
 
This is the same guy who opposed the Amtrak Bill some time back, the hours of service bill, the Railroad Retirement bill
and a lot of other stuff as well. He is anti worker, anti railroad and anti a lot of other things as well.
Noel Weaver
  by byte
 
The proposition was defeated this morning, mostly along party lines.
  by GSC
 
We have to remember that we are just another special interest group among so many. What is important to us might seem silly to others.

The museum I'm with, over 40 years of active membership, only recently started looking for grants. We made it for over 50 years on ticket sales, donations, and member dues. (We have no paid staff, a huge savings)

So many groups rely so heavily on grants and assorted giveaways, that when they do dry up, the group just might go out of business.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
GSC wrote:We have to remember that we are just another special interest group among so many.
While that may be, this measure was targeted at Railroad Museums specifically.

The good news, it was defeated.

-otto-