Support Library Funding: Contact TX Senators Cornyn & Cruz Today!

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May 19 is the deadline for US Senators to sign the letters supporting LSTA and IAL funding.

Thanks to your efforts generating support in the House of Representatives for FY 2018 LSTA and IAL funding in the form of Member signatures on our champions’ “Dear Appropriator” letters, we succeeded in topping last year’s signer totals by 14% for IAL and a fabulous 64% for LSTA, netting a full third of all House Members on each letter! 

Now, we’ve got until just May 19 – less than 10 business days – to set Member signature records in the Senate where Sens. Reed and Collins have circulated a letter backing $186.6 million in FY 2018 funding for LSTA, and Sens. Reed, Grassley and Stabenow have done the same in support of $27 million for IAL.

Please contact Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ted Cruz today and ask them to sign the “Dear Appropriator” letters for LSTA and IAL before May 19!  Share this email with your family, friends, colleagues, and fellow library supporters and ask them to do the same. It is essential that our Texas Senators hear from as many constituents as possible that federal funding is critical for Texas libraries and the communities they serve.

Senator John Cornyn  website   Twitter @JohnCornyn  #saveIMLS
DC 202.224.2934
Austin: 512.469.6034
Dallas: 972.239.1310
Harlingen office: 956.423.0162
Houston 713.572.3337
Lubbock: 806.472.7533
San Antonio: 210.224.7485
Tyler: 903.593.0902

Senator Ted Cruz  website  Twitter @SenTedCruz #saveIMLS
DC 202.224.5922
Austin 512.916.5834
Dallas 214.599.8749
Houston 713.718.3057
McAllen 956.686.7339
San Antonio 210.340.2885
Tyler 903.593.5130

Texas receives $11 million in federal LSTA funds to support statewide library and information services. 90% of these funds go directly to services including TexShare/TexQuest, Interlibary Lending, competitive grants, training and support for local libraries, Talking Book Program, and archives and information services including the Texas Digital Archive.

Based on many meetings conducted last week with Senate staff during ALA’s National Library Legislative Day, it’s clear that we must secure the signatures of a majority of Senators – 51 Members and preferably more – on both the LSTA and IAL letters for FY 2018 if these vital programs are to have the best chance of surviving Congress’ likely coming budget cuts.

ALA’s Office of Government Relations is maintaining an up to the minute and sortable online tracker showing which Senators have signed which letter(s).

Thank you for your support!

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Created on May 9, 2017 | Last updated May 09, 2017