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Immediate Action Needed: Senate to Consider an Amendment to Omnibus that will Negatively Impact Libraries

Cross-posted on the Legislative Action Center

The Senate began debate on the FY 2009 omnibus appropriations bill on Monday, and today they will consider an amendment by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) that will negatively impact libraries. The McCain amendment essentially turns the omnibus bill into a yearlong continuing resolution that will keep funding levels at FY 2008 levels through the end of this fiscal year on September 30. Please contact your Senator and urge a “no” vote on the McCain amendment. Libraries are facing a budget crisis and the increase in library funding contained in the FY 2009 omnibus bill is essential for libraries to continue to provide critical services in their communities.

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

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