Doan Transcript

Doan GSA Senate Committee Hearing Transcript

5/22/06

PORTION REFERENCING THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM

Senator Collins:

Finally, I want to mention legislation that I introduced with all of the women senators that would direct the GSA to enter into an agreement to make the Pavilion Annex in Washington DC available for the establishment of a National Women’s History Museum– and I want to make clear that we are not seeking federal funds for this museum, its privately financed.  The legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent in last November.  Its now pending in the House and what it would do is allow for the long over due development of part of the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, that the organization that is advocating for the National Women’s History Museum has long been pushing.  The pace of redevelopment of the Old Post Office Annex has been glacial– actually it’s slower than glacial because glaciers do move and GSA, when it comes to this Museum, does not.  There’s an existence of a willing tenant that is willing to enter into a lease– that’s the National Women’s History Museum organization.  I want to encourage you to take a look at this issue. It has been pending for years.  Meanwhile, the Annex continues to be vacant and I really think there’s a good solution here and its one that the full Senate has endorsed.  Will you take a look at finding out why this bottleneck exists and what can be done to encourage the GSA to begin receiving revenue from a portion of this unused space.  This is typical of a problem that we have mentioned earlier with the lack of management or mismanagement of the real property that the GSA owns or oversees and I do hope that you will take a close look at this issue.

Lurita Doan:

I would be happy to do so. It, it would be a great privilege. And as you could probably tell from my bio, I have spent a lifetime in my professional career advocating on behalf of women because of the incredible role that they have played in the past in our country and the things that have done to make it possible for someone me to even be sitting here today as the nominee and I really honor that commitment and that dedication that the women that have come before us have done.  So it would be my greatest privilege to work with you on this matter.

Senator Collins:

Thank you and if you can clear up this obstacle I have a feeling that there will be a picture of you in this Museum.  So there’s extra incentive. (Doan cuts in over “so there’s extra incentive”)

Lurita Doan:

If nothing else I would love to have my girls come to the opening of the Museum when it happens. (Senator Collins cuts in over “when it happens”)

Senator Collins:

That would be exciting.

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