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Action Alert! Ask Your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor USA FREEDOM Act

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill, the FISA Improvements Act, that also addresses NSA spying. ALA does not support this bill as it would codify the worst aspects of bulk data collection.

The USA FREEDOM Act is a stronger bill and continues to garner bipartisan support in both chambers. See the Capwiz Action Alert to get more detailed information and to contact your Senators and Representatives. Please also thank Congressman Cummings for co-sponsoring the bill.

Action Alert! Ask Senators for Debate on Privacy Bill

The U.S. Senate will soon vote on whether to re-authorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act. This bill, passed in 2008, legitimized a large part of the Bush Administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

The FISA Amendments Act is set to expire at the end of the year. Many in the Senate would like to move quickly and re-authorize the bill without debate or consideration of amendments. The American Library Association (ALA) would like to see debate on and consideration of amendments that would increase privacy protections and add transparency requirements.

Please go to Capwiz and write to Senators Mikulski and Cardin to ask them to allow debate on the FISA Amendments Act. A pre-written letter is available, and you can personalize it to make it more effective.

Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts!

HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act, passes in House, moves to Senate

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 passed in the House last week. Ruppersberger (who co-sponsored the bill), Bartlett, Harris and Hoyer voted for the bill, while Cummings, Edwards, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted against the bill. The bill has now moved over to the Senate. For some background on concerns about this bill, see the Action Alert blog post.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their representatives! Feel free to contact those who voted against the bill to thank them for their support. You can use Capwiz to do this.

Action Alert! Urgent: Ask Reps to Oppose HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act of 2012

On Thursday, September 13th, the House will vote on HR 5949, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012. Please contact your representative in the House to ask them to oppose this bill, protect Americans’ privacy and constitutional rights and do not extend the FAA sunset until December 31, 2017. (Some reports state that the vote will actually be today, Wednesday, September 12th.)

You may contact Representatives by phone or using Capwiz (Click on the Take Action button below “Ask Your U.S. Rep to Oppose FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization.”) Read on for more background information. 

Note: Congressman Ruppersberger is a co-sponsor of this bill. It is important to respectfully point out the concerns with this bill.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

Background from the American Library Association:

Continue reading ‘Action Alert! Urgent: Ask Reps to Oppose HR 5949, FISA Amendments Act of 2012’

Action Alert! URGENT: Action needed on IMLS funding & FISA orders for libraries


2/17/2011 UPDATE – Amendment #35 (IMLS & LSTA budget cut) defeated!  View the update.

2/18/2011 UPDATE – Conyers Amendment (#524, PATRIOT Act revision to halt funding to FISA orders for library and bookstore records) was also defeated.  View the update.


Congress is now working on a Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 budget.  The current Continuing Resolution for the FY2011 budget is set to expire on March 4th.  There are two amendments that impact libraries that require action: 

  1. IMLS & LSTA funding – Amendment #35 would eliminate all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.  Please contact your representative in the House and ask him/her to OPPOSE Amendment #35.  What does a total loss of LSTA funding mean for Maryland?  The staff at the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) will be cut in half.  There will be no grant money for the Summer Reading Club and AskUsNow.  You can view a complete list of what Maryland will lose.

  3. Funding for FISA orders seeking library and bookstore records – Conyers’ amendment would halt all funding for these Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders.  Please contact your representative in the House and ask him/her to SUPPORT this amendment.

Please contact your representative regarding these two amendments.  A Capwiz Action Alert is available, including more details and talking points.  It also includes a pre-written letter that you may edit to personalize the message.  Feel free to use the complete list to show the impact a total loss of LSTA funding would have on Maryland’s libraries.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

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