ALA members and library supporters received an alert today asking them to call their senators and legislators to help preserve the proposed $200 million for libraries, community computing centers and related institutions in the original language of the Senate stimulus bill, H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Senators Kent Conrad (ND-D) and Lindsey Graham (SC-R) are expected to introduce Senate Amendment 501 which would strip funding for libraries and broadband to put additional funding into the FDIC.
The message ALA asks members and supporters to send is: keep the $200 million for libraries and broadband in H.R. 1 and defeat this amendment. Libraries provide information on jobs, employment skills, and all other types of job-seeking information. More people are using libraries during these difficult times and the demand for broadband is greater than ever.
The ALA Office of Government Relations will offer updates as the stimulus debate continues on the Senate floor You can also check out the Legislative Action Center where you can read updates and subscribe to email alerts and an RSS feed on action requests (thanks to Paula Griffith for highlighting it on the blog this week!). You can also keep up on the latest news relating to libraries and legislation at District Dispatch, the ALA Washington Office’s blog.