Advocacy Update: FY19 LSTA & IAL funding & Thank you to Harris

As you may have heard, both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed FY19 funding bills that include level funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). LSTA was funded at $186.3 million and IAL was funded at $27 million. The next steps are for the bills to go to the full Senate and House. No date has been set for this. For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

Congressman Harris serves on the Labor HHS-Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Many thanks to everyone who contacted Congressman Harris to ask him to support LSTA and IAL funding! We now need to tell him thank you and we received a request from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office to do just that—see below for specifics. If you are in Harris’ district, please take a moment to thank him!

From the ALA Washington Office:

One of the best ways to ensure full funding is to express our thanks to the elected leaders who have supported libraries. As Representative Harris serves on the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, a “thank you” can be doubly powerful right now.

Would you take a moment to thank Congressman Harris for his support of libraries with a call, tweet, letter, or letter to the editor expressing thanks on behalf of your community?

You can reach his congressional office at 202-225-5311.

Use his social media handles to tweet at them a message such as “thank you Rep. Harris for supporting federal funding for libraries – it helps our library [do x, y, z].” Using original photos from your library provides an added personal touch. His twitter “handle” is: @RepAndyHarrisMD.

The message points to express are (and please add any personal examples from your state):

1. Thank you for supporting libraries in your district and state.

2. LSTA funding ensures that everyone has access to a broad range of library services in your state. The funding provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, along with matching state funds, allows libraries to provide access to resources state-wide, implement services for veterans, run summer reading programs, support small business and entrepreneurs as well as many other high-demand services.

3. IAL funding is a small but important program for early childhood literacy. Developing strong literacy skills at an early age is one of the best indicators of a students’ future success in education.


Thank you!


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