SENATE WORK ON STIMULUS PACKAGE CONTINUES. THERE ARE RUMORS THE SENATE WILL WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT. OTHER REPORTS SUGGEST THAT A “DEAL” HAS BEEN MADE. WE’RE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE COMING HOURS.
But – we want to say: Thank you! As you all know, today has been an extremely busy day for library advocates. In the course of two hours this afternoon , over 700 library activists called the Senate to ask them to vote NO on Senate Amendment 501. This doesn’t count the other calls, e-mails and faxes that many of you also did. SA 501 was offered by Senators Conrad (D-ND) and Graham (R-SC) this afternoon could remove $200 million for broadband technology and divert the funds to the FDIC. Our work here is not yet done; if you haven’t already done so please call your Senator and ask them to vote NO on S.A. 501.
The message is: keep the $200 million for libraries and broadband in H.R. 1 – defeat amendment 501. Libraries provide information on jobs, employment skills, and all other types of job-seeking information. More people are using libraries during these difficult times and the demand for broadband is greater than ever.
We will continue to monitor the Senate activities tonight and through the weekend if necessary. Debate on the economic stimulus package is expected to last well into the night and could even go through the weekend. Stay tuned; as we’ve stated before, the situation changes by the minute and the Washington Office will keep you updated on the latest news and alerts.