U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum

Hoyer also noted that the creation of this museum is particularly important because of the current debate on immigration, according to NPR.

If the bill passes, the Smithsonian can then start to find a location for the new museum, a survey that could take 18 months to complete. The museum will presumably be supported by both the federal government and private investors.

While the bill has bipartisan support, it could run into some problems before it is finally made into law. The idea has sparked debate amongst Republicans and Democrats alike, according to NPR. Some have argued that creating a museum just for the Latinx community could create some sort of cultural division, NPR reported, while others argue that it will actually help educated the community about the diverse history of the U.S.

“Our American history and identity is also Latino history and identity," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, according to NPR. “Through this history, the United States exists.”

The museum’s cost is also a major issue. The museum is estimated to cost $700 million, according to The Hill. The National Museum of African American History and Culture cost about $540 million, NPR reported.

If all goes well, the National Mall may have a brand new place to learn about this important facet of American history, even if it’s still a few years away.

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