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Congress passes FY 12 budget bill; includes funding for libraries

Both the Senate and the House have now passed an Omnibus Appropriations Bill and the President is expected to sign it this week. The bill provides funding for libraries, including:

  • $28.6 million for literacy, at least half of which must go to low income school libraries.
  • $185 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

For more details, see the District Dispatch post.

Again, many thanks to everyone who contacted members of Congress to ask for support of library funding! Votes for the Appropriations bill followed party lines among Maryland’s members of Congress. In the Senate, Mikulski and Cardin both voted for the bill and in the House Cummings, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes and Van Hollen voted for the bill. Please feel free to thank these members of Congress for their support of libraries with a phone call or using Capwiz!

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House passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill with provisions for school libraries, Senate expected to do the same on Saturday

On Friday, the House passed the Conference Report for an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included funds for school libraries.  Thanks to Senator Jack Reed, who had funding included in the Appropriations Bill for Literacy, including a competitive Grant Program for school libraries.

Many thanks to all the school library supporters who called their Representatives over the past two months! The House kept Senator Reed’s program in the Bill and it is now going to the Senate.  They are expected to pass it on Saturday.

Senate passes omnibus appropriations bill

Over the weekend, the Senate passed the omnibus appropriations bill.  The bill will now go to President Obama for a signature.  He is expected to sign it.

Omnibus bill passes in House; includes $213.5 million for LSTA

On Thursday, the House passed an omnibus bill that included six of the seven remaining appropriations bills. (The defense bill will be handled separately.) The bill contains $213.5 million for the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). While it still falls short of the desired amount, it is more than the $172,561,000 that was included in the original House version of the appropriations bill (HR 3293) that was passed in July.

The Senate is expected to begin work on the bill this weekend or early next week. If it passes quickly, it may be passed on to the President before the Continuing Resolution expires on December 18th.

For a little more detail about the bill, see the District Dispatch posting.

Of the Maryland Representatives, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Edwards, Hoyer, Cummings and Van Hollen all voted for the bill. Feel free to use Capwiz to contact your Congressman to say thank you.


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