May 25, 2022

House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Recommend Level Funding For IMLS in FY2018

From a Statement by American Library Association President James Neal:

I am pleased to report that, this evening, the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS, $231 million), likely including $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, as well as $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.


We have not saved FY18 federal library funding yet. Hurdles can arise at each stage of the appropriations process, which will continue into the fall. But the fact that federal library funding was not cut at this particular stage shows what can be accomplished when ALA members work together. We expect the full House Appropriations Committee to vote on the subcommittee bills as early as next Wednesday, July 19.

Read the Complete Statement by ALA President James Neal

IMLS Mention in Working Draft of Bill (page 124)


Direct to Summary of Appropriations Bill (Draft)

Direct to Full Text of Draft (164 pages; PDF)

Direct to House Appropriations Committee Web Site

Video of July 13, 2017 Subcommittee Markup

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