[library-media] FW: [AASLNEWS:709] Support Federal Funding for Libraries - Contact CongressToday!
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ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline Volume =
Date: March 15, 2006
In This Issue: =20
Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Federal Funding for Libraries:
Deadline for signatures for the House letter is TODAY and we only have =
signatures so far!
This year, we have only 32 Members signing on to the Grijalva-Simmons =
letter so far. Funding is extremely tight this year. If the number of
signatures on the House letter does not significantly increase, the =
will not be taken seriously, and it will appear as if members of =
not care about libraries.=20
If your Member of Congress is not on the House letter, it is critical =
you contact them immediately. Programs that don't have a vocal support
network are in danger of being cut. In a recent Congressional Quarterly
article Rep. Michael Castle (R-NJ) said, " What suffers =
are the smaller programs that don't have a lot of protectors out there." =
Current House signers (32): Reps. Baldwin, Brown, Chandler, Christensen,
Conyers, J. Davis, Dingell, Doggett, Ehlers, Etheridge, Hinojosa, Holt,
Kind, Larson, Lynch, Maloney, Marshall, Matsui, McCarthy, McCollum,
McDermott, McGovern, McNulty, Moore, Nadler, Owens, Reynolds, Ross,
Ruppersberger, Schiff, Tauscher, and Watson.
In both the House and the Senate, Members of Congress are circulating
letters of support for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) =
the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program to the House and
Senate Appropriations Committees. Circulating the letters in Congress =
Representative Ra=FAl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Representative Robert Simmons =
in the House of Representatives, and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and =
Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate.
The letters are addressed to the House and Senate Labor, Health and =
Services and Education Appropriation Subcommittees and requests that the
House and Senate include President Bush's request of $220.855 million =
the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and increased funding for =
Improving Literary Through School Libraries program for FY 2007.
Deadline for signing the Senate letter is March 29. Current signers on =
Senate letter (7): Sens. Lautenberg, Stabenow, Kennedy, Kerry, Jeffords,
Dodd, and Rockefeller.=20
Use ALA's Washington Office Legislative Action Center at
<http://capwiz.com/ala/home> to identify and fax your Members of =
both the House and the Senate. =20
You can also call your Member of Congress directly using the U.S. =
switchboard at: (202) 225-3121.
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