Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has indicated that he and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) plan to introduce the Senate’s $80 billion version of the Jobs for Main Street Act tomorrow. This bill, also simply known as the “Jobs Bill,” is designed to get Americans back to work but does not include any money for libraries or librarians. However, it does include $18 billion for hiring and retaining teachers, $500 million for hiring police officers, and an additional $500 million for hiring firefighters.
Please call your two U.S. senators and urge them to include the hiring and retaining of librarians in the Senate version of the Jobs Bill. The reason why librarians have been left out is that Congress has not heard from librarians like they have heard from teachers, police officers, or firefighters. Tell your senators your stories about how your library has helped to find people jobs, or create resumes, and search for jobs.
It is critically important you make these calls in support of libraries. Without your help, we will not be able to get libraries into this jobs bill!
Call your Senators at the U.S. Capital switchboard ASAP: 202-224-3121.
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Assistant Director, OGR