May 17, 2022

Full Text of Prepared Testimony: Librarian of Congress, Public Printer, & Others Testify at House Appropriations Committee Hearing (re: FY 2013 Budget)

On Tuesday, Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress; Davita Vance-Cooks, Acting Public Printer of the U.S.; and others spoke to the House Appropriations Committee’s, Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch about their FY 2013 budget requests.

We posted highlights from Ms. Vance-Cooks prepared testimony the other day.

Now, here’s the full text of the prepared testimony of :

Our fiscal 2013 request is, in essence, a petition not to deepen the reductions in the Library’s budget and put our core services at greater risk. Reductions have already cut deep into the Library’s muscle. We ask that they not be allowed to cut into bone.

Our request represents no increase over the level of funding provided for FY 2012 in P.L. 112-74. Within our flat funding request, we are proposing to shift approximately $7.3 million from the Congressional Printing and Binding and Salaries and Expenses appropriations to the Revolving Fund in order to expand our investments in digital information technology projects, including projects supporting increased online access to congressional and other Federal information, modernization of GPO’s composition processes supporting congressional work, and related initiatives.

All of the prepared statements provide facts, stats, and accomplishments of the four organizations during the past year.

Also Available: Chairman Anders Crenshaw’s (R-FL) Opening Statements:

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