Funding

Appropriations bills await Congress post-election

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Be honest. With the elections next week did you think it was almost safe to ignore Washington politics until next year? Well, here are more than 200 million reasons to convince you otherwise: LSTA, IAL and Title IV funding. Here is why you should care: after nearly a year of work on 12 appropriations bills, Congress has finished a total ... Read More »

School libraries awarded IAL grants by Department of Education

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School libraries in 26 districts across the country were awarded over $16 million last week in Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants by the Department of Education. The two-year grants target programs designed to improve literacy skills and provide reading materials to students in high-needs schools for grades pre-K through high school. In addition to the 26 school districts receiving ... Read More »

Failing to finish funding bills, Congresses presses pause

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Unable to reach agreement on 12 appropriations bills, Congress last week passed H.R. 5325, a “Continuing Resolution” often called a CR, that keeps the Federal government operating through December 9 when Congress will be forced to return for a lame-duck session to finish the appropriations bills. The President signed the CR late last week. The CR provides funding levels for ... Read More »

Congress leaves town with funding bills unfinished

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House Appropriations Bills include support for LSTA and Title IV, but defund IAL The twelve FY 2017 appropriations bills continued to progress slowly in the House and Senate as Congress leaves today for a lengthy summer recess. This past week, the House Appropriations Committee marked up (approved) its contentious FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, and Related Agencies ... Read More »

Good news for library funding

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today delivered good news for libraries by increasing funding for LSTA Grants to States and National Leadership Grants to Libraries, while also providing level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved the bill just two days ago with no amendments or controversial policy riders. The ... Read More »