US House Labor Subcommittee Approves Level Funding IMLS in FY2018

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Yesterday evening, the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 of $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which will likely include $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

The subcommittee vote is one important step in the long congressional appropriations process. It shows that our elected officials are listening and recognize libraries' importance in the communities they represent. However, FY2018 library funding is not assured just yet! Obstacles can arrise at each stage of the appropriations process, which will continue into the fall. But the fact that library funding was not cut at this particular stage shows what we can accomplish by working together and making our voices heard.

The full House Appropriations committee is expected to vote on the subcommittee bills as early as next Wednesday, July 19. Several Texans serve on the committee: Kay Granger, John Culberson, John Carter and Henry Cuellar. Please contact their offices and encourage them to support library funding.

Thank you for your advocacy and let's keep up the great work!

Created on Jul 14, 2017 | Last updated July 14, 2017