ALA gives update on PATRIOT Act, Appropriations bills

Appropriations – Labor, Health & Human Services and Education is one of seven bills that has not yet been passed.  This bill includes funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) and federal funding for libraries.  The Continuing Resolution that was passed to extend the FY2009 funding will expire on December 18th.  There have been conflicting reports, but more than likely Congress with extend the Continuing Resolution until February or March and wrap all of the remaining bills into one omnibus bill.
For more the complete article, see the District Dispatch posting.
Here are updates on these pieces of legislation from the American Library Association (ALA):
PATRIOT Act – Leadership from both houses are working on a short-term extension of the bill that would allow Congress to return to the reauthorization of PATRIOT Act in January.


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