Archive for September, 2012

Free Webinar: Making the Election Connection

The American Library Association Washington Office is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, September 26th, 4-5pm. Learn how libraries can encourage engagement in the elections and make a difference at the polls. See the registration page for more details and to register.

Legislative Panel Meeting Minutes, 5/4/2012

The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meeting on May 4, 2012 are now available.

There were no meetings in June, July or August.

HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act, passes in House, moves to Senate

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 passed in the House last week. Ruppersberger (who co-sponsored the bill), Bartlett, Harris and Hoyer voted for the bill, while Cummings, Edwards, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted against the bill. The bill has now moved over to the Senate. For some background on concerns about this bill, see the Action Alert blog post.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their representatives! Feel free to contact those who voted against the bill to thank them for their support. You can use Capwiz to do this.

Action Alert! Urgent: Ask Reps to Oppose HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act of 2012

On Thursday, September 13th, the House will vote on HR 5949, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012. Please contact your representative in the House to ask them to oppose this bill, protect Americans’ privacy and constitutional rights and do not extend the FAA sunset until December 31, 2017. (Some reports state that the vote will actually be today, Wednesday, September 12th.)

You may contact Representatives by phone or using Capwiz (Click on the Take Action button below “Ask Your U.S. Rep to Oppose FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization.”) Read on for more background information. 

Note: Congressman Ruppersberger is a co-sponsor of this bill. It is important to respectfully point out the concerns with this bill.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

Background from the American Library Association:

Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Urgent: Ask Reps to Oppose HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act of 2012’

Action Alert! Ask Your U.S. Rep to Attend IMLS Briefing

On September 13, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is holding a Congressional briefing on how libraries support workforce development. Please contact your U.S. Representative asking their office to send a staffer to this briefing.

Go to Capwiz and click on the Take Action button below “Ask Your U.S. Rep to Attend Workforce Development Briefing.” A letter with information about the briefing is provided.

For those of you wishing to call or send an email separately, here is the basic information:

Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Your U.S. Rep to Attend IMLS Briefing’



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