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Senate Appropriations Committee Increases Library Funding

On June 7, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, with jurisdiction over many library programs, voted to fund in fiscal year (FY) 2008 $253,517,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an increase over last year. The bill included $167.5 million for the State Programs, $3.638 million for Native Americans and Hawaiians, $12.375 million for national leadership grants, $23.76 million for Laura Bush recruitment and education programs and $2 million for research and analysis.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) is level funded at $19.486 million again this year.

The full Appropriations Committee is expected to meet on July 9 with the House expected to consider the bill before leaving for the August recess.

The Senate Appropriations Committee met Thursday, June 21, to mark up the bill. They included $171.5 million for the State Programs, $3.817 million for Native Americans, $12.375 million for national leadership, $23.76 million for Laura Bush, $1.715 million for research and $12.917 million for Admin.

LSL received a $4 million increase to $23 million.

Please call and thank your Senators for funding libraries!

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

One Comment

  1. kara z [Member] kara z [Member]

    I would like to talk about a great project that is working to help under funded school libraries get books. It is called Kids Need to Read. The website is please take a moment to peruse their site and spread the word. I think it would be just great if we can fill up empty school libraries with books.

    Thank you

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