On June 7, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, with jurisdiction over many library programs, voted to fund in fiscal year (FY) 2008 $253,517,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an increase over last year. The bill included $167.5 million for the State Programs, $3.638 million for Native Americans and Hawaiians, $12.375 million for national leadership grants, $23.76 million for Laura Bush recruitment and education programs and $2 million for research and analysis.
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) is level funded at $19.486 million again this year.
The full Appropriations Committee is expected to meet on July 9 with the House expected to consider the bill before leaving for the August recess.
The Senate Appropriations Committee met Thursday, June 21, to mark up the bill. They included $171.5 million for the State Programs, $3.817 million for Native Americans, $12.375 million for national leadership, $23.76 million for Laura Bush, $1.715 million for research and $12.917 million for Admin.
LSL received a $4 million increase to $23 million.
Please call and thank your Senators for funding libraries!