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Update from OGR

Dear Library Advocates,

Another busy week for us all. Your advocacy needed on key issues including:
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act (S. 2248)
Yes, the FISA amendments debate continues this week in the Senate.  The Senate vote is expected sometime tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12.  Check out our Legislative Action Center and previous District Dispatch messages for details of how you can push the ALA message. The short of it:  keep calling your Senators’ offices and ask them to continue to support the various amendments to preserve civil liberties in S. 2248.  
Farm Bill and Libraries
Standby for grassroots alerts on the FARM Bill.  Library supporters in key states will be hearing about House and Senate conferees meeting now.  We want the conferenced bill to make libraries eligible to participate in some of the important rural telecommunications programs in the “Connect America Now” title of the FARM bills.
Network Neutrality
Network Neutrality is back on the agenda with an expected new bill being introduced by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Wednesday.  We have not yet seen his proposal but anticipate more vigorous debate on the net neutrality issues in the coming weeks.  We’ll update you as soon as we learn more.
This Week’s Advocacy Tip
Find out who your state coordinator is for National Library Legislative Day and participate with your state delegation in May. 
Have a good week, and be ready with your calls and faxes.

Got any questions about our issues — or about advocating at the federal level? Feel free to call us at the ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR). Call toll-free: 1-800-941-8478. And, we’ll look for your comments on this blog, too!

Lynne Bradley
Director, ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR)

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Lynne Bradley

Lynne Bradley is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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