Legislation

Spending bill a win for library funding, loss on cybersecurity

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Library Funding: Libraries Receive Welcome Funding Increases: Congress moved quickly, and surprisingly easily, to pass the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending package Friday, which the President is expected to sign promptly. As reported earlier this week, libraries received welcome funding increases for both Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The House passed the measure in ... Read More »

Library funding receives boosts in compromise budget agreement

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Late last night, Congress announced its proposed FY16 budget agreement detailing funding levels for the Federal government through September 2016, which includes increases for key library programs and allows implementation of the Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order to go forward.  House Speaker Ryan also sneaked in a cybersecurity rider that ALA strongly opposes. In an action alert, we call ... Read More »

Almost, but not too, late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

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Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting privacy-unfriendly “cybersecurity,” aka “information” sharing, legislation most recently unveiled as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754). CISA was meant merely to incentivize companies like internet service providers to share hints of “cyber-threats” with ... Read More »

Government shutdown on hold for now

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

A Friday government shutdown was averted as Congress today approved a five-day funding bill that will keep the government open through next Wednesday. The President is expected to sign the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR). Congress remains mired in negotiations over a final omnibus spending bill to keep the government open for the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Congressional negotiators will ... Read More »

Significant victory for libraries as President signs ESSA into law

President Obama signs education bill that ALA advocated for into law.

A major reauthorization bill overhauling K-12 education policy–the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)–has been signed into law by President Obama and in a significant victory for ALA’s decade of advocacy efforts, it includes provisions favorable to libraries. ALA President Sari Feldman praised all ALA members, crediting their unified, collective, high-impact messages to their Members of Congress for the favorable provisions ... Read More »