Page 1,324 of 1,648-Page Defense Bill Mandates 'Legislative Plan' for National Women's History Museum

Terence P. Jeffrey | December 3, 2014 | 10:26pm EST
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( - If you scroll all the way to page 1,318 of the 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Bill that the House Republican leadership posted online at 10:32 p.m. on Tuesday night you will find the beginning of the section that creates a federal commission to develop a plan to build a National Women's History Museum.

On page 1,324, the bill mandates that this commission "shall" give Congress a "legislative plan of action" to contruct the museum.

The plan for the museum commission has been criticized by conservative women's groups and leaders who believe it will be tilted toward a feminist, pro-abortion vision of American women--and that it will promote such figures as eugenicist Margaret Sanger and cost-free-contraception health-insurance entitlement advocate Sandra Fluke.

The bill makes no argument that a National Women's History Museum has anything to do the national defense.

The House may vote as early as Thursday on this 1,648-page bill that Americans could not see until late Tuesday night--leaving little time for citizens, let alone members of Congress, to read it in its entirety, or read it carefully, or have a national debate about its contents.

The bill is a model of bipartisan cooperation in Washington, D.C..

Section 3056 of the bill, which begins on page 1,318, is entitled "Commission to Study the Potential Creaton of a National Women's History Museum."

The bill goes on to say: "There is established the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum. The Commission shall be composed of 8 members of whom (A) 2 members shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (B) 2 members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (C) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (D) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives."

This means that people hand-picked by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner will decide how to frame and present in an official venue in Washington, D.C., the history of women in the United States.

Earlier this year, a large group of female conservative leaders and leaders of conservative women's groups sent a letter to members of Congress expressing their opposition to the creation of this commission.

Among the signatories of this letter were Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King and director of African Outreach for Priests for Life; Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List; Phyliss Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum; Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life; Lila Rose, president of Live Action; Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life; and Janice Shaw Crouse, executive director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute;

"While the idea of celebrating women is admirable, and some of the proposed exhibits are worthy, we are concerned that the content of such a museum would be slanted to represent the feminist ideology and would not provide an accurate portrayal of American women," said these conservative women.

President Barack Obama and Sandra Fluke (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

"The website attached to this proposed museum references Margaret Sanger nine times," said their letter.

"It also highlights Sandra Fluke," it says.

"Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, was an avid supporter of sterilization and eugenics," said this letter from conservative women. "She targeted ethnic groups and certain classes of people to eliminate, because in her mind, they transmit objectionable traits to offspring. This mentality is appalling and extreme. Yet, those who support this effort would simply gloss over Sanger's less flattering history."

Page 1,321 of the National Defense Authorization Bill that the Republican leadership will bring up on the floor of the house says: "The Commission shall submit to the President and Congress a report containing recommendation of the Commission with respect to a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C."

Page 1,322 of the National Defense Authorization Bill provides a "Deadline" for this: "The reports required under subparagraphs (A) and (B) shall be published not later than the date that is 18 months after the date of the first meeting of the Commission."

In other words, the Republican leadership is planning for a committee comprised of appointees of Pelosi, Reid, McConnell and Boehner present their plan for a National Women's History Museum to President Barack Obama.

Members of Congress who read all the way to page 1,324 of the National Defense Authorization Bill that was released late Tuesday night will discover that the Pelosi-Reid-McConnell-Boehner Commission on a National Museum of Women's History will be required to submit to congressional committees "a legislative plan of action to establish and construct the Museum."

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