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Advocacy Alert! Ask Your SENATORS & Reps to sign LSTA & IAL letters to #FundLibraries

This is a new request to contact your SENATORS and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator Letter in support of federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The White House budget proposal for FY21 has eliminated this funding for the fourth year in a row. Just like last year, your advocacy is needed to restore that funding.

Please reach out to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters and continue their support of libraries. They have signed on to both letters every year since FY18. The previous request to contact Representatives is below. We have already made progress! Representative Sarbanes has signed on to both letters and Representative Brown has signed on to the LSTA letter.

Visit Engage to find more information and talking points, and to email or tweet your Senators and Representative.

Thank you to everyone who has and will contact their members of Congress!

 

Advocacy Alert! Ask Your Rep to sign LSTA & IAL letters to #FundLibraries

For the fourth year in a row, the White House budget proposal for FY21 proposed the elimination of the federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. Last year, advocacy efforts helped to restore this funding. We need your advocacy to make that happen again!

Please reach out to your Representative and ask him to sign the Dear Appropriator letter in support of full funding for the LSTA and IAL program. Visit Engage to find more information and talking points, and to email your Representative.

For your reference, here are the MD Congressmen who have previously supported LSTA and/or IAL by signing Dear Appropriator letters and in which of the previous 3 years:

  • Rep Brown (LSTA: FY18-FY20; IAL: FY18 & FY20)
  • Rep Raskin (LSTA & IAL: FY18-FY20)
  • Rep Ruppersberger (LSTA: FY19-FY20; IAL: FY20; as a member of the Appropriations Committee, he has also included this in his list of priorities)
  • Rep Sarbanes (LSTA & IAL: FY18-FY20)\

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!


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