Archive for December, 2012

Senator Mikulski named Chair of Appropriations Committee

Late last week, Senator Mikulski was ratified as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. This is of significance to libraries because the Appropriations Committee writes bills to allocate funding to many agencies and programs, including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and funds for school libraries.

In her remarks on the Senate floor, Mikulski stated that she intends to work with all members of the Senate to meet our national security needs, as well as our human needs, specifically mentioning education and the economy.

Feel free to use Capwiz to send a brief congratulations message to Senator Mikulski. You are encouraged to thank her for her past support of libraries and mention how your library helps to meet human needs.

For more information, including Mikulski’s complete remarks, please see her press release.

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Action Alert! Ask Senators for Debate on Privacy Bill

The U.S. Senate will soon vote on whether to re-authorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act. This bill, passed in 2008, legitimized a large part of the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The FISA Amendments Act is set to expire at the end of the year. Many in the Senate would like to move quickly and re-authorize the bill without debate or consideration of amendments. The American Library Association (ALA) would like to see debate on and consideration of amendments that would increase privacy protections and add transparency requirements.

Please go to Capwiz and write to Senators Mikulski and Cardin to ask them to allow debate on the FISA Amendments Act. A pre-written letter is available, and you can personalize it to make it more effective.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!



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