Movement on ESEA!


After months of intense behind the scenes work in Congress, it looks like things are finally coming to a head with the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you may have read in past posts, school libraries fared extremely well in S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, but not so well in H.R.5, the House’s Student Success ... Read More »

Librarian of Congress now term limited


With the stroke of a pen, the President has established for the first time a set term of office for the Librarian of Congress. Rather than serve for life, the next and all future Librarians will enjoy a 10-year term of office renewable for the same length of time upon reconfirmation by the Senate. Legislation authorizing the change, the Librarian ... Read More »

Congress passes two-year budget, raises debt ceiling

Congress just voted on a two-year budget that must now go to be considered by House and Senate appropriators.

Early this morning, the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a two-year budget agreement that raises nondefense discretionary caps and defense programs caps by $80 billion over two years. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 also “suspends” the debt limit until March 15, 2017, provides additional funding through the Overseas Contingency Operations war-funding account, and outlines a series of financial ... Read More »

Senate passes CISA; negotiations with House next

American flag and gavel

Yesterday, after years of contention and literally millions of grassroots messages opposing it, the US Senate passed CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), by a vote of 74 – 21.  The senate action comes despite broad public and private sector opposition for many reasons detailed in District Dispatch. As the NY Times reported, the move comes notwithstanding the ... Read More »

Vote on CISA, flawed cybersecurity bill, imminent

Text reads Stop CISA, displays an eye on a laptop screen

It’s baaaaa-aaaack! S. 754, the often and aptly tagged “zombie” Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) reemerged this month in the Senate in new and, to be fair, somewhat improved guise. Massive opposition by a broad coalition of companies and civil society groups, including ALA, kept an even worse version from a vote this summer. But make no mistake; ... Read More »