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

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (R-Maine) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech 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 MaloneyReport: Americans unprepared for retirement Senate approves fund to provide compensation for Sept. 11 victims Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (R-Pa.) and Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceMichigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation Democrats warn of Trump trap Democratic lawmaker: 'I love America even though at times she didn't love me back' MORE (D-Mich.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonHouse Democrat offers bill to let students with pot conviction retain federal aid Majority of Americans opposes DC statehood: poll DC statehood hearing rescheduled to make room for Mueller testimony 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.