[Libs-Or] President Eliminates Federal Library Funding- Take Action

OLA Vice President olavp at olaweb.org
Tue Mar 12 09:04:52 PDT 2019

Ask your Representative to #FundLibraries

*Email your Rep today and ask them to oppose cuts
<http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/write-a-letter?4&engagementId=497505> to
federal funding for libraries!*

The White House budget proposal for FY2020 has, for a third time
proposed elimination of federal funding for libraries. This year's "Dear
Appropriator" letters have started to circulate in the House, asking
Representatives to preserve more than $210 million in federal library

One letter asks members of the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund
the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other asks the
Committee to fully fund the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)
program. The more signatures we have, the better the chance that the
appropriators will protect funding for LSTA and IAL programs. This is
particularly important as the battle for domestic spending becomes more
competitive. Members of Congress look for programs to cut.

The LSTA letter is being jointly led by Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Don
Young (R-AK). The IAL letter is being led by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson
(D-TX), Don Young (R-AK) and Jim McGovern (D-MA). Please email your
representative and ask them to sign on to both letters.

*The House deadline is March 28. Email and call now, as letters will close
a few days before the deadline. Stay tuned for a similar call to action for
the Senate in the coming days.*

Want to see if your representative has signed already? Check our appropriations
letter tracker <http://www.ala.org/advocacy/fund-libraries>. Need more
info? Read the latest advocacy news in *American Libraries* magazine online

Elaine Hirsch

*Oregon Library Association Vice President 2018-2019*

*olavp at olaweb.org <olavp at olaweb.org>*
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