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An Admission Fee For Smithsonian Museums?

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A presidential commission is recommending that visitors to Smithsonian museums be charged a fee.

President Obama's deficit reduction commission is recommending that the Smithsonian institution museums get less money from Congress and begin charging admission fees.

Leaders of the bi-partisan commission are suggesting that Smithsonian funding be cut by $225 million. The commission says the loss could be made up by charging about $7.50 in admission fees.

Smithsonian museums have been free since 1846 but in recent decades, the Smithsonian has studied the issue of charging admission fees at least three times and rejected the idea on each occasion.

Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas says they have no comment on the report. She also says they have no intention of making visitors pay fees.

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