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Advocacy Alert Update: House Appropriations approves IMLS increase!

Please see below for some good news from the American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Team in Washington DC!

Thank you to everyone who contacted our legislators to ask for support for the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL). If you have not already done so, please take a moment and use Engage to thank the Senators and Representatives who signed on to the Dear Appropriator letters. Legislators who signed include:

  • LSTA & IAL: Senators Cardin & Van Hollen and Representatives Brown, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
    • Note: Please give a special thank you to Representative Ruppersberger, who serves on the Appropriations Committee.
  • LSTA only: Representative Cummings

Thank you!

 

From The Public Policy & Advocacy Team on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:

We have exciting news to share on #FundLibraries. This evening, the House Appropriators Committee approved its FY2020 funding bills, which contained a $25 million increase for IMLS, including $17 million for LSTA! That’s exactly what we asked for in our Dear Appropriator letter. The $17 million increase is dedicated to the Grants to States program and would bring the minimum state allocation to $1 million recommended in the Museum and Library Services Act we worked so hard to pass last year. Moreover, the House markup includes a $2 million increase for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, a Department of Education program which provides competitive grants to school libraries.

Today’s House mark would bring overall IMLS funding to $267 million, LSTA funding up to $206.3 million, and IAL to $29 million. Of course, this is just one step on the pathway to appropriations, but it’s a big step in the right direction. We know that the Senate will be a steeper climb. We’ve already begun targeted outreach to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will continue to work closely with advocates in those key states.

In the meantime, please take a moment to send an email thanking your representative if they are on the Appropriations Committee or if they signed one of the Dear Appropriator letters.

Thank you!

The Public Policy and Advocacy Team

 

Advocacy Alert! Ask Senators to Fund Libraries, LSTA & IAL

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4/16/2019 Update:

Senators Cardin and Van Hollen signed on to both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many thanks to everyone who contacted our Senators! Please feel free to reach out to thank them for their support.

3/30/2019 Update:

Many thanks to all of you who have already contacted our Senators to ask them to sign on to the Letters in support of LSTA and IAL!

Senator Cardin has still not signed on to either letter, despite the fact that he signed over the last two years. The deadline to sign on to both letters has been extended until Thursday, April 11. If you have not yet already done so, please contact Senator Cardin and ask for his signature. See below for details on who the Senator should contact to sign the Letters. Additional information appears in the emails further below.

  • LSTA Letter: Contact Elyse Wasch with Sen. Jack Reed to sign the bipartisan Reed-Collins LSTA letter at Elyse_Wasch@reed.senate.gov or at 202-224-4642.
  • IAL Letter: Contact Moira Lenehan-Razzuri to sign the Reed-Stabenow IAL letter at Moira_Lenehan@reed.senate.gov or at 202-224-4642.

Senator Van Hollen has signed on to the Letters for both LSTA and IAL. Please take a moment to thank him for his support.

According to the American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy, we are a few signatures short of last year’s totals in the Senate. Maryland library advocates can do our part to change this!

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!

 

Original post:

It’s time for the next step in advocacy for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program. Thanks to your advocacy efforts, Representatives Brown, Raskin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes all signed the Dear Appropriator Letters for LSTA and IAL.

Our attention now shifts to the Senate where there are Dear Appropriator Letters for LSTA and IAL. Senator Van Hollen has already signed the LSTA Letter, but not the IAL Letter. Senator Cardin has not signed either. In FY19, both Senators signed both the LSTA and IAL Letters.

Please see Engage for more information, including how to contact Senators. Information about how Maryland Public Libraries transformed lives with LSTA funds is also available.

Thank you in advance for taking action!

Advocacy Alert! Ask your Rep to Fund Libraries, IMLS, LSTA & IAL

3/30/2019 Update:

Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts! Representatives Brown, Raskin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes all signed the Dear Appropriator Letters for LSTA and IAL.

3/21/2019 Update:

Many thanks for all of your emails and phone calls to our Representatives! As of this morning, several Representatives have signed on to the Dear Appropriator Letters:

  • Signed LSTA and IAL Letters: Brown, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed LSTA Letter: Raskin

Feel free to send a thank you to those who have signed on.

Cummings, Harris, Hoyer and Trone have not yet signed on to either Letter and Raskin has not yet signed the IAL Letter. Please continue to email or call to ask for their signatures. It is important that they hear from us before the March 28th deadline. Check the Fund Libraries air table for the most up-to-date list of who has signed.

Thank you!

Original post:

The White House released the budget proposal for FY20. Once again, it proposes the elimination of funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Dear Appropriator letters are now available for Representatives to sign. (Letters for Senators will be coming soon.)

Please contact your Representative. We would like to have all of MD’s Representatives sign on to the Dear Appropriator letters to show their support for IMLS, LSTA and IAL. We have had great success in the past with Dear Appropriator letters and would like to continue that track record. Most MD Representatives also voted for the Museum & Library Services Act (MLSA), which reauthorized IMLS and LSTA. Here is a summary of past support:

  • Signed FY19 LSTA Letter: Brown, Cummings, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes
  • Signed FY19 IAL Letter: Raskin, Sarbanes
  • Included IMLS, LSTA & IAL on his list of funding priorities: Ruppersberger
  • Voted for MLSA: Brown, Cummings, Hoyer, Raskin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes

A few additional notes:

  • Representative Ruppersberger: Although he typically does not sign onto letters, as a member of the Appropriations Committee he has included IMLS, LSTA and IAL on his list of funding priorities so it is critical for him to hear from us.
  • Representative Harris: Although he has not typically shown support, he also serves on the Appropriations Committee so it is important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Hoyer: As the Majority Whip, he will also likely not sign on, but it is still important for him to be contacted.
  • Representative Trone: This is his first year in office, so this is the first time he is being asked to sign onto letters.

For more information or to email your Representative, go to Engage.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy!

President signs bill with FY19 funding for libraries

Yesterday, the President signed a spending bill (HR 6157) that included FY19 funding for many library programs, including:

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services, a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA), level-funding
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), level-funding

While the bill included FY19 funding for library and other programs under Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, as well as those under Defense, it included only a continuing resolution to fund the rest of the federal government through December 7th. The continuing resolution provided funding at FY18 levels and avoided a government shutdown.

All of the Maryland members of Congress voted for the budget bill, except Congressman Harris.

For more information about the library programs that were funded, please see the American Libraries article.

Thank you for all of your advocacy efforts to #FundLibraries!

 

Senate approves FY19 library funds in appropriations bill

The full Senate passed a FY19 Labor, Health, Human Services & Education (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill on Thursday with an 85-7 vote. It includes level funding plus a slight increase for IMLS.

  • $242 million for Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), a $2 million increase
  • $189.3 million for Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • $27 million for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

The House approved their Labor-HHS bill in July. Congress now must approve 12 spending bills before the start of FY19 on October 1, or pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. The full House is expected to delay voting on the spending bills until after the November election and pass a continuing resolution instead.

Many thanks to all of your earlier advocacy efforts! Senators Cardin and Van Hollen both voted in support of the bill. Please take a moment to thank them for their support either by calling their offices or sending a message through Engage.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch article.

 

Advocacy Update: FY19 LSTA & IAL funding & Thank you to Harris

As you may have heard, both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed FY19 funding bills that include level funding for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). LSTA was funded at $186.3 million and IAL was funded at $27 million. The next steps are for the bills to go to the full Senate and House. No date has been set for this. For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

Congressman Harris serves on the Labor HHS-Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Many thanks to everyone who contacted Congressman Harris to ask him to support LSTA and IAL funding! We now need to tell him thank you and we received a request from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office to do just that—see below for specifics. If you are in Harris’ district, please take a moment to thank him!

From the ALA Washington Office:

One of the best ways to ensure full funding is to express our thanks to the elected leaders who have supported libraries. As Representative Harris serves on the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, a “thank you” can be doubly powerful right now.

Would you take a moment to thank Congressman Harris for his support of libraries with a call, tweet, letter, or letter to the editor expressing thanks on behalf of your community?

You can reach his congressional office at 202-225-5311.

Use his social media handles to tweet at them a message such as “thank you Rep. Harris for supporting federal funding for libraries – it helps our library [do x, y, z].” Using original photos from your library provides an added personal touch. His twitter “handle” is: @RepAndyHarrisMD.

The message points to express are (and please add any personal examples from your state):

1. Thank you for supporting libraries in your district and state.

2. LSTA funding ensures that everyone has access to a broad range of library services in your state. The funding provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, along with matching state funds, allows libraries to provide access to resources state-wide, implement services for veterans, run summer reading programs, support small business and entrepreneurs as well as many other high-demand services.

3. IAL funding is a small but important program for early childhood literacy. Developing strong literacy skills at an early age is one of the best indicators of a students’ future success in education.

 

Thank you!

 

Advocacy Alert! Call Harris today (June 6) to ask for LSTA and IAL support

This is a new call for advocacy for FY19 funding–a special request from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, specifically for advocates in Congressional District 1. Not sure of your District? Go to the MLA Engage site and enter your address under Find your elected officials.

As you know, ALA and library advocates have been working to preserve funding for federal libraries in the face of the administration’s proposed cuts. Many thanks for your previous efforts! We are approaching a critical juncture this month, as both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are expected to introduce their versions of the funding bills for Fiscal Year 2019. These key Congressional committees will make decisions about which programs will receive funding – including library programs like the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Congressman Harris serves on the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee (Labor HHS) and will be a key decisionmaker about the future of library funding. He needs to hear from you about the importance of federal funding for libraries.

Please call Representative Andy Harris today at (202) 225-5311 and say:

  • I am a constituent calling about the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.
  • Please support libraries in our community by preserving funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.
  • Full funding protects nearly $3 million (FY18) for Maryland. Those funds provide library services to children, families, veterans, small businesses, job seekers, and many others across our state.
  • Please support at least $189 million for LSTA and $27 million for IAL.

By calling together on the same day, we can make a biggest impact on Capitol Hill. Please take five minutes to call today– and help us protect over $210 million that strengthens America’s libraries.

With your support, last year we increased funding for LSTA and protected IAL funding, even though the White House called to eliminate them. But each year is a new year, and we have to continue to show up for our libraries. Your Representative is a critical vote for libraries nationwide – please call today.

To help even more, after you made your call please post on social media (#FundLibraries) or email a quick note to Kevin Maher (kmaher@alawash.org).

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 


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