Washington Hotline

Shawnda Hines


In March, the President submitted his budget outline to Congress recommending elimination of LSTA and IAL funding for FY2018, as well as significant cuts in research funding. The budget also proposed deep cuts to TRIO, GEAR UP, and other work-study programs, which would impact libraries that rely on student employees. (Many libraries use TRIO and GEAR UP funds to help students get prepared to attend college.) The budget also called for these major cuts in education funding: $3.9 billion in Pell Grants, $732 million in student grant aid, and elimination of Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants for low-income college students.

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