A Continuing Resolution (CR) passed in both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the president on Wednesday. The CR keeps the federal government funded for another two weeks until March 18th, avoiding a federal government shut down and allowing more time for Congress to pass a budget for the rest of FY 2011. The CR does include $4 billion in cuts, but they do not affect funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) or Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
The Senate is still working on their own verso i the CR that was passed by the House to fund the federal government until September 30th, the end of FY 2011. It is still important to contact Senators and ask them to maintain the 2010 funding for both LSTA and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program. See the earlier blog posting for information on the Action Alert.