Posts Tagged 'Congress'

Thomas.gov information is now on Congress.gov

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.

2011 Legislative Scorecards available

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.

2010 Congress voting record available

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.

Webinar video available online – New Ideas for Connecting with the 112th Congress Legislators

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.

Continuing Resolution maintains federal budget until March 4th

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.

Museum & Library Services Act passes in House, moves on to President

On Tuesday, the House passed the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), S 3984, by a voice vote.  It is now on its way to the President, who is expected to sign it into law.  This means that the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) will be able to continue its work and the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) will remain funded at the current authorization levels.  For more details, see the District Dispatch posting.

Thank you to everyone who contacted legislators asking for their support.  Please feel free to contact legislators to say thank you either by phone or using Capwiz.

House passes continuing resolution on funding through the end of FY 2011

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.

House leadership elected

Elections for the House leadership occurred with no real surprises.  The good news is that Maryland’s Steny Hoyer will remain in a leadership position.  The results are:

Republicans

  • Speaker of the House: John A Boehner (OH)
  • Majority leader: Eric Canor (VA)
  • Majority whip: Kevin McCarthy (CA)

 Democrats

  • Minority leader: Nancy Pelosi (CA)
  • Minority whip: Steny Hoyer (MD)
  • Assistant leader: James Clyburn (SC)

MD Congressmen going for leadership positions

Two representatives from Maryland are aiming for leadership positions in the House.  Congressman Steny Hoyer, who is currently the Majority Leader, is going against Congressman James Cyburn (SC), who is currently Majority Whip, for the position of Minority Whip.   Congressman Chris Van Hollen has announced his interest in the top Democratic spot on the House Budget Committee.  Congressman Van Hollen is currently the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but is no longer interested in holding this position.  Congressman Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will run for Minority Leader and nobody, including Congressman Hoyer, is challenging her.

 Voting for these positions will occur next week.  See the links to articles below for more information.  (You may be asked set up a free account to log in and view the article).

Congress passes continuing resolution to maintain FY2010 spending until December 3rd

On September 30th, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at the FY 2010 levels until December 3rd, since they failed to pass any of the FY 2011 Appropriations bills.  President Obama was expected to sign the bill before midnight.

Also, as of September 30th, Congress is adjourned to allow time for the November elections.  They will likely return for a “lame duck” session on November 15th, at which time they will probably finish work on the FY 2011 budget.


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