Tag Archives: LSTA

President submits budget request to Congress

President Obama submitted his Fiscal 2017 budget to Congress this week.

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 and Technology Act (LSTA) of over $500,000. A more severe ... Read More »

Federal Dollars on the Line for State Library Programs

Stuffed llama stands on a pile of money.

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 farming to, well, libraries. Nevermind where llamas get their cash, ... Read More »

Spending bill a win for library funding, loss on cybersecurity

A Judge's gavel on a white background.

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

Coins spill out of a glass jar

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 »

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 »