Last week, the House passed a Continuing Resolution (HR 1) to fund the rest of FY 2011. While the Continuing Resolution does include a continuation of funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), it zeroed out funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program.
The Senate is now drafting their own version of the Continuing Resolution. Please contact Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin and ask them to maintain the 2010 funding for both LSTA and ILTSL. A list of how LSTA funding is used in Maryland is available. For additional talking points, and to take advantage of the pre-written letter, check out the Capwiz Action Alert.
If you prefer to call, the phone numbers are:
- Senator Mikulski – 202-224-4654
- Senator Cardin – 202-224-4524
The current Continuing Resolution is set to expire on March 4th, so this will likely move quickly. Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts with the Senate on these important issues!