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Communications Office Will Reinert
Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced the reintroduction of his bill to recognize the National Comedy Center as the only museum of its kind to exist for the exclusive purpose of celebrating comedy in all its forms.
“While this bill passed the House last July, it did not make it up for a vote in the Senate before the end of the Congress,” Tom said.
“We care about ensuring Jamestown is to comedy as Cooperstown is to baseball and Cleveland is to rock and roll. We find it unfortunate our colleague in the Senate declined to give the National Comedy Center a fair shot at the recognition it deserves last year.
“We look forward to continuing our work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure this bill passes the House and Senate and is signed into law by the President this Congress,” Tom concluded.
Tom first introduced this bill in June of 2018 after a visit to the center, and it was later passed unanimously in the House of Representatives in July.
“As the nation’s first state-of-the-art museum and cultural institution dedicated to presenting, preserving and celebrating the art form of comedy, the National Comedy Center is deserving of this important recognition by Congress,” Tom Benson, Chairman of the Board, National Comedy Center said.
“Having already welcomed visitors from 49 states and nine countries in just five months, the National Comedy Center is committed to Lucille Ball’s vision of honoring comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that educate, engage and inspire future generations.
“We are grateful to Congressman Reed for reintroducing this legislation and look forward to its passage in 2019,” Benson concluded.
The National Comedy Center was named a finalist as the “Best New Attraction of 2018” by the USA Today. The winner of the contest will be announced on Friday, January 18 at noon ET.
In 2017, Tom helped connect the National Comedy Center with Federal New Market Tax Credit financing after noticing what a large impact the center would have on the area. These tax credits allowed for an increased flow of capital to the National Comedy Center by providing tax incentives to private investors.
Tom also coordinated conversations between the National Comedy Center and the Economic Development Administration to ensure additional funding for the project.