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

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Susan Collins in statistical tie with Democratic challenger: poll MORE (R-Maine) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (D-Calif.) introduced S.959, the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum Act, on Friday.


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.

Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Lawmakers grill Census Bureau officials after report on cybersecurity issues Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium MORE (D-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (R-Pa.) and Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceDemocratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement House Democrat walks back remark favoring censure over impeachment Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest MORE (D-Mich.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation House panel approves bill to grant DC statehood MORE (D-D.C.) introduced companion legislation in the House on Friday.

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.