Posts Tagged 'FY 2014'

Congress passes Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014

Last week, the U.S. House and Senate passed a bill to fund the federal government through FY 2014.  This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and other funding sources for libraries that were significantly cut by sequestration in FY 2013. LSTA appropriations increased from $175,044,000 in FY 2013, to $180,909,000 for FY 2014.

Unfortunately, the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant funding, of which half must go to low income libraries, has only been funded at $25 million, which is a $2.4 million cut from FY 2013 funding levels.

This bill also included a positive change to increase online accessibility to tax-payer funded scientific research. Designated federal agencies will be required to provide online access to some articles no more than 12 months after the articles have been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their elected officials!

For more details, see the District Dispatch post.

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Action Alert! Ask Congress to Support Libraries in Appropriations Bill

Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, paving the way for the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to begin work on the FY 2014 Federal Appropriations Bill.

Senator Mikulski and Congressman Harris each serve on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee for their respective Committees on Appropriations.

Please call Senator Mikulski and Congressman Harris and encourage them to support libraries in the FY 2014 Federal Appropriations Bill by supporting the following items:

  • Fund the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) at the pre-sequestration levels of $184.7 million.
  • Fund Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) under the Department of Education at the pre-sequestration levels of $28.6 million.

To find contact information for Senator Mikulski and Congressman Harris, visit Capwiz.

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’


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