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FEDERAL BUDGET: 'ALA Hopeful for Bipartisan Support From 116th Congress, Despite "Discouraging" White House 2020 Budget Proposal'

ALA published a statement from its president, Loida Garcia-Febo, in response to the president’s FY2020 budget proposal. She says, in part:

As discouraging as it is that the administration has again proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the bipartisan support in Congress over the past two years gives us reason to hope. Elected decision-makers, including appropriators in both the House and Senate, agree that funding IMLS programs such as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is a sound investment and that to cut funding for libraries is to undercut opportunity for their constituents. …

Not only does the administration’s new budget dismiss the value of IMLS, it reduces funding for many other worthwhile programs, including resources for children. Cutting federal support for programs like the Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy comes at the cost of early literacy, often in the most underserved areas of our nation. In addition, the White House budget proposal undermines public education for all students, penalizes librarians striving to improve their professional skills, and makes careers in public service out of reach for many. …

ALA members will continue to highlight the value of libraries to our elected leaders in every U.S. congressional district. We are confident that the 116th Congress will support the federal programs that invest in our communities.

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