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Bi-partisan letters sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking for funding for libraries.

Recently, two “Dear Colleague” letters were sent to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.  One of these letters (pdf), that was sponsored by Representatives  Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) and included 45 other signatures from Members of Congress asked for the committee to fund LSTA at $184.7 million in FY 2013.  Likewise, another letter (pdf) was sent to the Appropriations Committee with 120 signatures and sponsored by Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), Don Young (R-AK), Holt and Grijalva.  This letter asked the committee to appropriate $28.6 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).  To view who signed these two letters please click here (pdf).

Just like in the House, there were also two letters asking for library funding that were sent to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee with bi-partisan support. The first letter (pdf), sent by Sens Jack Reed (D-RI) and Olympia Snow (R-ME) with 32 other signatures asked for $184.7 million for LSTA in FY 2013.  The second letter (pdf) that was sent by Sens. Reed, Snowe, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rodger Wicker (R-MS), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and 35 other Senators asked the committee for $28.6 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).  View which senators signed these two letters here (pdf).

Thank you to everyone who helped by calling their senators and representatives and urging them to sign on.  If your senator or representative signed any of these four letters, please follow up with their offices and thank them.

Jeffrey Kratz
Associate Director, Office of Government Relations
American Library Association

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Ted Wegner is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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