Effective November 19, 2013, when accessing Thomas.gov, you will be redirected to Congress.gov. Congress.gov has grown since it’s beta release in Fall 2012 through a collaborative effort between the Library of Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representatives, and Government Printing Office (GPO). The new site includes bill status, texts and summaries, direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Record, committee reports, legislative process videos and committee profile pages going as far back as the 103rd Congress.
The Library of Congress will offer webinar classes on Congress.gov on January 16th, March 11th, and May 15th. To register, complete the seminar form at http://beta.congress.gov/help. Basic help information is also available through this link.
What legislation of interest to libraries did Maryland’s legislators support in 2011? Check the American Library Association’s Legislative Scorecards for the Senate and the House to find out. You can thank legislators for their support and focus your message on other areas where they could increase their support.
Wondering how your elected officials voted on library legislation? Then check out the 2010 Legislative Scorecards compiled by the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office.
If you missed the February 23rd webinar entitled “New Ideas for Connecting with the 112th Congress Legislators: New Messages, Traditional Tactics,” the video is now available online. The webinar discussed messaging trends and how to apply them successfully with this Congress. For a link to the video, see the District Dispatch posting.
A Continuing Resolution passed by the 111th Congress at the end of December will allow the federal government to continue running on FY 2010’s spending levels until March 4th. The 112th Congress, which just convened on January 5th, has not yet taken any measures to establish a budget for the remaining portion of the fiscal year.
The House has passed a continuing resolution for Appropriations to maintain FY 2010 spending through the end of FY 2011. The overall funding would remain the same, although there would be shifts in funding between programs. The current continuing resolution runs until December 18th. At this time, it is unclear whether the Senate will take up the measure.