Washington, DC – Yesterday, significant progress was made toward protecting the Persepolis tablets and other Persian artifacts under threat. Key stakeholders came out in support of the Burris amendment, but ultimately it was withdrawn at the 11th hour after one member raised a concern about the technical implications of the amendment. We are working hard to address that concern, and Senator Burris remains committed to making sure cultural items like the Persian artifacts are protected.
Legislative efforts are rarely won in the first round, and we will continue to fight to protect the Persian artifacts. Senators Burris, Durbin, and Levin each deserve a special thank you for their efforts to protect cultural items. If you live in Illinois or Michigan, please take a moment to send a thank you note.