A bipartisan pair of female senators is renewing the push bring a women's history Smithsonian museum to Washington.

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Collins called the museum’s creation "long overdue," saying in a statement, "A museum dedicated to women’s history would help ensure that future generations understand what we owe to those American women who have helped build, sustain, and advance our society.”

"We need a permanent place to showcase the accomplishments and tell the stories of women throughout our country’s history," Feinstein said.

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The bill would create a council to oversee the planning, design and construction of a future museum, as well as acquire artifacts for it, among other tasks. It would also aid in finding a location on the National Mall to become the site of the museum.

The bipartisan bills come after a congressional commission was created in 2014 to study the potential for a women's museum in the District of Columbia. 

Maloney first proposed the museum in 1995 and has been pushing for serious consideration of the proposal ever since.

The process of establishing a new Smithsonian museum on the Mall — considered prime real estate in Washington — is known to move at a snail's pace, since it involves acts of Congress, federal appropriations and coordination with the institution's Board of Regents.