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Help! Millions in FY2017 library funding in Congress’ crosshairs

Less than one year ago, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee suggested completely eliminating IMLS and, with it, nearly $200 million in federal support for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). He’s no longer the chairman … since becoming Speaker of the House! Sorry to say, Paul Ryan’s…


$183 million reasons you should keep track of the U.S. budget process

Guest post by advocacy expert Stephanie Vance. February marks the start of the budget and appropriations busy season in Washington, DC – and by March we’re into the full swing of funding requests, Committee markups and, as always potential cuts. Last year, the question of whether Library Services and Technology…

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President submits budget request to Congress

President Obama sent to Congress yesterday his $4.23 trillion dollar FY17 budget request, which was greeted with uniform skepticism among many Republicans. This will be the President’s final budget to Congress before he leaves office. Proponents for library funding are disappointed in the decreased funding request for the Library Services…

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ALA disappointed at White House budget cut to state grants to libraries

Cutting funds to libraries hinders services being delivered directly to people in their communities After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 Budget released today, Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), issued the following statement: We are truly disappointed that the President’s budget does not recognize the value libraries…


Federal Dollars on the Line for State Library Programs

Ask Your Members of Congress to Help Bring the Bucks Home while They’re at Home It’s “appropriations” season again in Washington. That time every year when the President submits a budget to Congress and, in theory at least, Congress drafts and votes on bills to federally fund everything from llama…