NATIONAL ISSUES


2020 Federal Budget


ADVOCACY ALERT FROM THE ALA
In early September, the Senate will formally consider its version of the spending bill, but Senate appropriators are making decisions about funding for library programs right now. Contact Senator Jeanne Shaheen, member of the Appropriations Committee, and urge her to include $206 million in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and $29 million in funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy. The House of Representatives has already approved these levels of funding in the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies appropriations measure.

Call her office or email Senator Shaheen and urge her vote to support these important programs. She needs to hear from you today!
 

2020 Federal Budget and IMLS Funding

IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew's Statement on the President's Proposed FY 2020 Budget
Washington, DC – Today, the President released details from the budget request to Congress for FY 2020 that proposes $23M in funding for the orderly closure of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continue reading ...

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal:
As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives us reason to hope.Continue reading ...

Library Journal statement: FY20 Budget Proposes to Eliminate IMLS
Advocates Called On to Step Up. Continue reading ...