“With 160 museums and monuments along the National Mall, there is no one institution telling the complete narrative of the many, vibrant ethnicities that make up the fabric of the American experience,” Moran said in a press release. “There should always be room for museums in our nation’s capital devoted to all manner of art, cultural and scientific accomplishments."

The release goes on to explain that Moran's district, which is near Washington, is "something of a melting pot itself."

According to the language of the resolution, H. Con. Res. 63, the museum is necessary because Americans are not well enough informed about their history. 

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"Whereas the people of the United States do not have a comprehensive and accurate picture of all the peoples who created and continue to build the Nation," the resolution states.

If passed, Congress would seek "non-federal sources" to provide funding both for a presidential commission to establish the museum and for the design and building of the museum. 

A presidential commission is also researching the addition of a National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall.