Washington Hotline

Kevin Maher


The fight for federal library dollars has occupied much of the library news from Washington since the administration proposed elimination of IMLS funding in March of this year. ALA has led the library community’s efforts to ensure IMLS is fully funded. Though final decisions on appropriations have not been made, our advocacy has so far proven to be effective.

Both chambers of Congress rejected the president’s request to eliminate funding for IMLS. The House-passed appropriations bill provided level funding for IMLS at $231 million, while the Senate went even further by recommending a $4 million increase for the library Grants to States Program, which is included under the LSTA portion of IMLS.

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