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Fate of LSTA funds still uncertain as Congress rushes through final months of session

We have been watching appropriations activity around the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) since the summer because the House-passed appropriations bill for Labor-HHS-Education has a $1 million increase in the state program over FY2009 for FY2010, and the Senate does not.  But the Senate bill has only passed out of the Committee, no bill has come to the floor.

Now, according to Congressional Quarterly, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye says that the Senate almost certainly won’t have enough time before the end of the year to pass each spending bill, let alone pass the conference bill for each which would reflect the agreement between the House and the Senate.  He believes they will pull the remaining bills together in an omnibus bill which could pass around Thanksgiving or the beginning of December.

The government’s new fiscal year should have begun October 1.

Emily Sheketoff
Executive Director, ALA Washington Office

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