“Yeas 74, Nays 18”: with those few magic words yesterday, Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. ALA strongly endorsed Dr. Hayden’s nomination, worked hard for her confirmation as an organization, and is proud to have enabled tens of thousands of Americans (librarians and many others alike) to communicate their pride in and support of Dr. Hayden to their Senators.
Today’s magic words are the ones that our parents first acquainted us with – “thank you.” Too often, in the heat of legislative debate and public advocacy, they’re forgotten, but not by librarians and the people who support what (and who) we stand for. Today, keep calling, emailing, and Tweeting the Senators who voted “Yea” to confirm Dr. Hayden (complete list here), and no matter where you live, also thank:
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for initiating and enabling yesterday’s historic vote;
- Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn for influentially supporting Dr. Hayden with his vote;
- The Rules Committee’s indefatigable staff and leadership, Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Chuck Schumer; and, by no means least
- Dr. Hayden’s biggest boosters in the Senate, her home state of Maryland’s Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
Dr. Hayden’s nomination, Rules Committee vetting, hearing and ultimate consideration on the floor of the Senate were, appropriately, not partisan. They were done right, done fairly and done well and the nation will benefit for a decade from that model process.
Saying “thank you” is appropriate, easy, and it’s the right thing to do. Please, pass it on proudly and loudly – #HaydenISLoC