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Author: Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the deputy director of government relations at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before coming to the ALA in 2014, Kevin was the vice president of government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association for 20 years.

Subcommittee calls for FY2019 library funding increases

Late on September 13 the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released a conference committee report on fiscal year 2019 funding for programs under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee—which controls spending levels for many federal library programs—and the Defense Subcommittee. The news is good: The conference committee…

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Senate approves federal funds for libraries in FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill 

The full Senate late yesterday approved a “minibus” package of two appropriations bills for the 2019 fiscal year (FY 2019), Defense and Labor, Health, Human Services & Education (Labor-HHS). The bills include a $2 million funding increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with level funding for…

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Perkins CTE reauthorization supports library role

The president this week signed a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE), likely to be the only significant education policy legislation to pass in the 115th Congressional Session. The bill supports the role of libraries in implementing education programs. Congress provides more than…

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FY 2019: House committee approves level funding for libraries

Federal funding for library priorities in fiscal year (FY) 2019 took another step in the right direction with Wednesday evening’s House Appropriations Committee approval of level funding for critical library programs Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Under the bill, which originated from…

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Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2019 library funding  

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved level funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs, rejecting the administration’s call to eliminate funding for these important library programs. The Committee approved a $2 million increase for the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), which administers LSTA, to cover administrative costs.  …

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