Legislation

Fight for Email Privacy Act passage begins now . . . again

Man sitting on a couch using a laptop, observed by two surveillance cameras

It’s a pretty sure bet that, when James Madison penned the Fourth Amendment to assure the right of all Americans to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures,” he didn’t have protecting emails, texts, tweets and cloud-stored photo and other files in mind. Fortunately, Congress attempted to remedy that understandable omission 197 years ... Read More »

Failing to finish funding bills, Congresses presses pause

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Jonathon Colman via Flickr

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

The United States Capitol Building

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 »

Thank your Senators for the new Librarian of Congress

A pen in hand, spelling out Thank You

“Yeas 74, Nays 18”: with those few magic words yesterday, Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. ALA strongly endorsed Dr. Hayden’s nomination, worked hard for her confirmation as an organization, and is proud to have enabled tens of thousands of Americans (librarians and many others alike) ... Read More »

Hayden confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden speaks at a podium

This afternoon, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress! Dr. Hayden will be the first professional librarian to hold the position in over 40 years, as well as the first woman and first African American Librarian of Congress. You can join our celebration on social media (#HaydenISLoC) and by taking a moment to ... Read More »