NATIONAL ISSUES


2020 Federal Budget

Proposal to Eliminate Library Funding
Update on Appropriator letters campaign

“The FY2020 Dear Appropriator letters campaign ended on April 11, 2019 on a positive note for library funding, thanks to the thousands of calls, emails, and visits made by ALA advocates across the country.” Read more►

Thank you for signing the "Dear Appropriator" letters

Please thank Senators Shaheen and Hassen and Representatives Kuster and Pappas who continue to support libraries and have signed the LSTA [Library Services and Technology Act] Dear Appropriator letters! Please call or email your representative today and thank them for signing and supporting NH libraries and all libraries. Please identify your library and tell them something special that YOUR library does to improve the lives of their constituents. They love stories as well as data, particularly about their areas of interest.

2020 Federal Budget and IMLS Funding

IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew's Statement on the President's Proposed FY 2020 Budget
Washington, DC – Today, the President released details from the budget request to Congress for FY 2020 that proposes $23M in funding for the orderly closure of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Continue reading ...

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal:
As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives us reason to hope.Continue reading ...

Library Journal statement: FY20 Budget Proposes to Eliminate IMLS
Advocates Called On to Step Up. Continue reading ...