August 2000


Legislation would let AMSE keep donations

Rep. Zach Wamp introduced a bill in Congress on July 24 to allow the American Museum of Science and Energy to accept and keep private donations. Under current law, monetary donations must go to the U.S. Treasury.

DOE is phasing out federal support of the AMSE, so legislation to allow the museum to keep its contributions is very welcome.

“This is the most important step that we can take to ensure the long-term viability of the museum, which is a key part of the Oak Ridge community,” says Kaye Johnson, project manager for the museum.

In fact, the AMSE has hosted more than 10 million visitors since it opened in 1949.