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Action Alert! Protect Library Funding in This Year’s Budget

Cross-posted on the Legislative Action Center.

Call and E-mail Your Congressional Representatives Now to Protect Library Funding in This Year’s Budget.

The FY 2009 Omnibus appropriations bill, which combines the nine FY 2009 appropriations bill that were not completed last year, was released this week. The House expects to vote on the omnibus measure on Wednesday. While quick passage is almost guaranteed in the House, debate in the Senate is expected to be much more deliberate. The current continuing resolution expires on March 6, 2009.

The FY 2009 Omnibus appropriations bill contains $171,500,000 for the Grants to State Library Agencies program within the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Please contact your Senators and Representative and tell them to support bill.

The Message:

$171.5 allows for full implementation of a 2003 law to provide a more equitable distribution of state formula grants. In 2003, all of the states and Congress agreed that the base should be doubled to help even the playing field for the small states while ensuring that large states don’t face an undue burden to achieve that. Currently, all funding increases to the state program go to the base, and not to population increases for the large states.

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

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