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Author: Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the deputy director of Government Relations. His portfolio includes federal appropriations and telecommunications issues. Previously, Kevin worked in congressional affairs for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the U.S. Travel Association.

House committee passes Higher Education Act

As anticipated in a District Dispatch post earlier this fall, the House Education and Workforce Committee this week approved (or marked up) legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act on a party line 23-17 vote. This legislation, among other things, threatens a popular student loan program for LIS program graduates.…

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Tell ED to make libraries grant-eligible

The U.S. Department of Education has asked for public comment on their recently released “Proposed Supplemental Priorities of Discretionary Grant Programs.” Each time the Department of Education (the ED) revisits its priorities is an opportunity for libraries to demonstrate the many ways we provide high-quality education for students of all…

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Quick history of the Museum and Library Services Act

When we talk about saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, we are also talking about the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), a piece of legislation with a 53-year long history. Here’s a quick background: 1964: The 36th U.S.…

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Higher education reauthorization on Congressional fall agenda

On the fall agenda for Congress is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008. While HEA has received significant interest in the past few sessions of Congress, its passage has stalled under…

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