Congress considers bill for women’s history museum

In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-stalled effort to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington is expected to get a vote in the Republican-controlled House.

A new measure up for consideration would create a bipartisan commission to study the feasibility of creating such a museum on or near the National Mall.

Lawmakers supporting the measure say a vote is expected Wednesday on the House floor.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York said the contributions of women have been mostly left out of museums, statues and national landmarks. They say a museum would teach the history of more than half the U.S. population.

The bill may be one of the few things Republicans and Democrats can agree on lately, drawing support from leaders of both parties

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