Today, ALA President Jim Neal sent this #SaveIMLS campaign update to the ALA membership regarding tomorrow’s vote on part of the House Appropriations Committee bill:
I’m pleased, but with important cautions, to tell you that all of our collective work to Fight for Libraries! is poised to pay off dramatically. Key parts of the House Appropriations Subcommittee bill that is scheduled to be voted on tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 EDT were released late this afternoon. The bill does NOT cut last year’s funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Once final, that would mean no cuts to LSTA in this critical first vote stage! (We’ll know about Innovative Approaches to Literacy tomorrow.)
Now the cautions… While unlikely, an amendment could be offered to the bill that changes the IMLS appropriation. In addition, after tomorrow’s vote, there will be at least two further procedural opportunities for the bill to be amended. After the House acts, of course, the Senate will take its turn, though probably not for some months.
As the phrase goes, therefore, this is definitely NOT over until it’s over. We will report immediately on the results of tomorrow’s Subcommittee vote. I hope very much that the next thing for us to do will be to thank our House supporters.
Until early evening tomorrow in Washington, please join me in crossing your fingers.
Further updates will be sent out as we get them. In the meantime, if you are a constituent of a Representative working on the Labor HHS subcommittee, give them a call!