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House library champions release FY18 “Dear Appropriator” letters

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Your limited-time-only chance to ask for your House Member’s backing for LSTA and IAL begins now. Where does your Representative stand on supporting FY 2018 library funding? Against the backdrop of the President’s proposal last week to eliminate the Institute for Museum and Library Services and virtually all other library funding sources, their answer this year is more important than ... Read More »

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding

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This morning, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) is included in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal recommends eliminating. Library funding that comes through other sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and the National Endowment for the Humanities is also affected. Just how ... Read More »

Appropriations season is under way

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Congress failed to close the books on the FY 2017 appropriations by October 1 of last year so it was forced to pass a temporary funding measure called a Continuing Resolution, or “CR.” That stopgap measure kept the government running until November 18. Just before that deadline, they passed a second CR, which is set to expire on April 28, ... Read More »

Progress! Email Privacy Act clears House

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Congratulations library advocates! For the second time in just over 9 months, the US House of Representatives last night passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387 in this Congress) by voice vote.  Propelled by more than 1,100 library supporters, the bill now moves to the Senate where the timing of its consideration – and ultimate fate – are not yet ... Read More »

The Email Privacy Act’s time is now!

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As reported in District Dispatch less than a month ago, ALA President Julie Todaro called on both Chambers of Congress to immediately pass H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act. This critical and long overdue legislation had just been reintroduced after unanimously passing the House last year before stalling in the Senate. If approved in the current Congress, the bill finally ... Read More »