On Tuesday, November 13, President Bush vetoed the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations (Labor-HHS) bill. This bill included funding levels that are critical to the health of this country’s libraries.
Libraries of all kinds need money. The amount of funding that a library receives directly influences the quality of its services. While the majority of funding for libraries comes from state and local sources, federal funding provides critical assistance, giving libraries across the country the financial support they need to serve their communities.
The Labor-HHS bill that the President vetoed was the result of a conference report produced by Members from both Houses of Congress. The conference report funds the Institute of Museum and Library Services at $277,131,000, an increase of $29,926,000. The Library Services and Technology Act was funded at $224,066,000, with $171,500,000 million for the State Grant program.
The U.S. House of Representatives is planning a veto override vote later this week.
Urgent Action Needed: Please contact your Representative and urge him/her to vote in favor of overriding the President’s veto of the House- and Senate-passed FY 2008 Labor-HHS conference report.
More information on the importance of this bill is available at this District Dispatch post.