[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] We did it!]
bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Feb 17 12:47:41 PST 2011
Suzanne L. Sager
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Subject: [alacro-l] We did it!
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:45:07 -0500
From: Kristin K. Murphy <kmurphy at alawash.org>
To: <fllan at ala.org>, <nlld at ala.org>, <alacro-l at ala.org>,
<alacro-l at ala.org>, <legnet at ala.org>, <aladnow at ala.org>
CC: Marci Merola <mmerola at ala.org>
Good work, everybody! Because of ALA’s unprecedented grassroots efforts
this week on amendment #35 to H.R. 1 (the Continuing Resolution to the
FY2011 budget) was defeated! This victory for libraries is undoubtedly
due to the strong grassroots efforts of librarians and library
supporters all across the country.
As you recall, late Monday evening U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5)
introduced an amendment that would eliminate all funding for the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) including funding for
the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the primary source of
federal dollars to libraries.
Today, as the U.S. House of Representatives wraps up floor debate on HR
1, Rep. Garrett has made it clear to us that he is no longer “pushing”
for a vote on his amendment. Once the House passes H.R. 1, - likely
today or tomorrow - the budget will be sent over to the Senate where
they will have the opportunity to make amendments and vote on this
year’s budget bill.
Even though we overcame this amendment, our work is not done. H.R. 1
still has to be approved by the Senate and signed by the President.
Please tell your friends, library users and advocates that their voices
will be needed on library issues in the weeks and months to come.
Also, libraries face cuts in President Obama’s FY2012 budget request
sent to Congress on February 14. In his request, President Obama cuts
funding to LSTA by $20 million as well as consolidates Improving
Literacy Through School Libraries with other literacy programs in the
Department of Education. ALA needs you to continue your calls to
Congress in our fight to protect library funding in FY’12.
This is only the beginning; libraries will continue to be threatened in
the next Congress. Now, more than ever, we need your participation on
May 9-10, 2011 at ALA’s National Library Legislative Day in Washington
D.C. where you will have the opportunity to meet with your members of
Congress and explain to them why cutting library funding would be
short-sighted. To register for NLLD, please go to www.ala.org/nlld
Government Relations Specialist
American Library Association - Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW, First Floor
Washington, D.C., 20009-2520
Phone Number: 202.628.8410
kmurphy at alawash.org <mailto:kmurphy at alawash.org>
Take action for libraries! Visit our Legislative Action Center at
Portland State University logo
Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University
sagers at pdx.edu
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