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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.

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 HEA was originally enacted in 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration and was last reauthorized in 2008.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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House approves full IMLS, LSTA and IAL funding for FY 2018

Today, the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all funding for its programs under the Library Services and Technology Act, and for the Department…

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Senate boosts funding for IMLS, LSTA thanks to ALA grassroots

Congress delivered good news for library funding after returning from its August recess this week. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an increase of $4 million in funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), all of which would go to the formula-based Grants to States program. Following…

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Rep. Pallone talks net neutrality at N.J. library

Guest post by Tonya Garcia, director of Long Branch (New Jersey) Public Library The Long Branch Public Library recently hosted a meeting with their representative, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), to discuss net neutrality and its importance to libraries. As the most senior minority representative on the House Energy and Commerce…

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New ideas in Congress for supporting libraries

Support for libraries figured in several bills that were recently introduced in Congress immediately prior to the August recess. Introduction of these bills with the inclusion of library provisions demonstrates that libraries are increasingly on the top-of-mind in Congress. The outlook for these bills, however, is uncertain. None of the…

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