Posts Tagged 'Appropriations'



Senate Committee recommends increase in LSTA funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending an increase to $157,266,000 for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program and an increase to $13,200,000 for National Leadership Grants.  This is more than a $7 million increase over the President’s request for FY 2014. To make this a reality, this increase must be passed by the Senate and prevail in the House-Senate conference for FY2014 appropriations.

Please take a moment to contact Senator Mikulski, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and thank her for the proposed increase in LSTA funds and her support of libraries. It only takes a few minutes and you can easily do this using Capwiz. Thanks in advance!

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Action Alert! Ask Senators to co-sponsor Innovative Approaches to Literacy bill

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) is a critical program that funds competitive grants for underserved school libraries. Legislation is being introduced in the Senate to authorize the IAL grant program. Please call Senators Mikulski (202-224-4654) and Cardin (202-224-4524) and ask them to co-sponsor the legislation. While neither of the Senators signed on to the Dear Colleague letter in support of IAL (see the Legislative Panel blog post), this is another opportunity for the Senators to show their support for school libraries.

For more background information and talking points, see the Capwiz Action Alert. A link to the draft bill text is also available.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!

MD Congressmen Sign on to Dear Colleague Letters

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, we were able to get several members of Congress to sign on to Dear Colleague Letters in support of FY 2014 funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and literacy through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Signees were:

  • LSTA: Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen
  • IAL: Congressmen Cummings, Delaney, Sarbanes and Van Hollen

Please take a moment to thank the Congressmen for their support! You can use Capwiz to do so.

Overall, 57 members of the House and 34 Senators signed on to the LSTA letter. The IAL letter was signed on to by 103 members of the House and 26 Senators. For background on this call for signatures, see the Legislative Panel’s blog posts for the House and the Senate.

 

Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

It is now time to contact the Senators! Please call Senator Mikulski (202-224-4654) and Senator Cardin (202-224-4524) by Wednesday, April 24th and ask them to sign onto two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries—one for funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.  Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Senators to Sign LSTA & Literacy Dear Colleague Letters’

Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Sign onto LSTA and Literacy Dear Colleague Letters

Please call your U.S. Representative by Wednesday, April 10th and ask them to sign two separate “Dear Colleague” letters in support of libraries–one for LSTA Funding and one for childhood literacy. Read on for talking points and instructions.

Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Sign onto LSTA and Literacy Dear Colleague Letters’

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.

Action Alert! Call Congress to ask for GPO Funding!

Library staff often help the public access government information. Soon the House and then the Senate will vote on the Legislative Branch budget. This includes funding for the Government Printing Office (GPO), which is responsible for making government information available to the public, both in print and digital formats. The digital publications are stored in the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Please call your representatives in Congress and ask them to support GPO funding at the President’s FY 2013 recommendation, plus an additional $7 million for FDsys. For background and talking points, please see the Capwiz Action Alert. From there, you can also enter your ZIP code to determine the names and phone numbers of your representatives in Congress.

Thank you in advance for making the calls!


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