Today, the full House of Representatives voted as part of a large spending package (H.R. 3354) not to make any cuts in federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including all funding for its programs under the Library Services and Technology Act, and for the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. Notably, the package also increased funding for the National Library of Medicine by $6 million.
With today’s vote, the House has now finished work for the FY 2018 appropriations cycle, at least until it must reconcile its bill to one eventually passed by the Senate. The full Senate is not likely to take up its own appropriations bill* until late this year.
Once the Senate has acted on a spending bill and the process of resolving differences with the House bill begins, ALA and library supporters everywhere may need to again push hard to retain funding gains made in the Senate. ALA’s Washington Office will put out an alert when your voice can be most effective.
Congratulations to everyone who contacted their representative. Your advocacy has put libraries in a great position at this point in the process; your persistence later this year will give us a strong finish.
* Read last week’s post on the Senate Appropriations Committee vote to increase IMLS’ FY 2018 budget.