On St. Patrick’s Day, Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne aptly wants Americans to remember the impact Irish Americans have on the United States throughout our nation’s history and has thus sponsored a bill that will do just that.
H.R. 1596, would to pave the way for the creation of a National Museum of Irish American History by establishing a Commission to study the potential creation of the museum.
Comprised of 23 members, with seven appointed by the President and the others appointed by House and Senate leadership, the Commission would study a wide range of considerations related to the museum including location, cost, governance structure, and potential exhibits.
“Irish Americans have had a profound impact on the United States throughout our nation’s history. From the arts to politics to sports to business, there are so many stories to tell and lessons to be learned,” said Byrne.
“On this St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is Irish, it only makes sense to begin the process of establishing a national museum to honor and preserve the impact Irish Americans have had on our great nation.”
The bill is also co-sponsored by co-chairs of the Congressional Friends of Ireland, Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), James McGovern (D-MA), and Tim Murphy (R-PA).