May 20, 2022

Librarian of Congress Testifies Before U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Re: LC FY 2020 Funding Request

Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch about LC’s FY 2020 Funding Request during a hearing held yesterday afternoon.

A video recording of the hearing is available along with Dr. Hayden’s prepared statement.

From the Statement (5 pages; PDF):

The Library of Congress fiscal 2020 budget request is for approximately $803 million, which represents a 6.8 percent increase over the Library’s fiscal 2019 enacted appropriation. This request includes $26 million in mandatory pay and price level increases. The balance of the increase represents critical program investments necessary to fulfill the Library’s role and to move forward on the commitment to be more user centered.

The top two goals in the new strategic plan, expanded access and enhanced services, aim to make the Library’s unique collections, experts, and services available when, where, and how users need them.

The complete Library of Fiscal 2020 Budget Justification Document is also available.

See Also: Dr. Hayden testified twice earlier this month before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on Legislative Branch) and U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Video and statements from those hearings can be accessed here.
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