Two Senators Put Hold On Land Sale For National Women's History Museum In D.C. : The Two-Way Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint say that the group trying to build a museum for women's history in Washington, D.C., have not raised enough funds. According to the "USA Today," "abortion politics are also in play."

Two Senators Put Hold On Land Sale For National Women's History Museum In D.C.

Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-SC), with his colleague, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), put a hold on S. 2129. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo hide caption

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If passed, S. 2129, the "National Women's History Museum Act of 2009," would "authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in the District of Columbia to provide for the establishment of a National Women's History Museum."

The National Women's History Museum hopes to have a permanent home in Washington, just a block from the National Mall. If all goes according to plan, it would apply to be a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Today, USA Today reports Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) have placed a "hold" on the bill.

The senators say their concerns are financial: Though the museum would pay fair market value for the land, the group has raised little money. And they said the new institution would duplicate more than 100 similar museums — some of which already get taxpayer subsidies.

Abortion politics are also in play: The senators' action came two days after the Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, wrote DeMint asking for a hold. The group's CEO, Penny Nance, wrote in July that the museum would "focus on abortion rights without featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America."