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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.

House Committee holds hearing on network neutrality

On the eve of the FCC’s expected vote in favor of strong net neutrality rules, the House committee provided a preview of the challenges ahead in defending the open Internet. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today expressed concerns at its hearing, The Uncertain Future of the Internet,…

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ALA joins lengthy list of groups calling for balanced deficit reduction

In 2013, the Bipartisan Budget Act negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) provided partial, temporary relief from sequestration. With the return of full sequestration in 2016, the American Library Association (ALA) is collaborating with NDD United, an alliance of organizations working together to protect nondefense…

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President Obama’s budget increases library funding

President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech. Highlights…

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IMLS funding announced to improve library services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) last week announced funding for 56 State Library Administration Agencies (SLAAs) totaling almost $155 million. The annual Grants to States represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States and supported by the American Library Association.…

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Afterschool funding available through states

As discussed in previous District Dispatch entries, Congress passed in late December its massive $1.01 trillion CROmnibus bill providing FY15 funding for much of the federal government. With the return of the new Congress on January 6, the discussion on the FY16 budget begins anew and ALA will be fighting…

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