We need to get signatures from House Members to preserve more annual federal funding for libraries.
The NEW deadline is Wednesday (TODAY) for House members to sign letters showing their support for library funding. I’ve attached copies of the two letters (at the bottom of this post) that are circulating in the House right now.
At the moment, we are missing signatures from most of the Pennsylvania delegation, which will bring our numbers down compared to last year. With the Administration again proposing to eliminate these library programs, it is important to maintain as much support as possible in Congress.
Who to Call
Please call these offices today, if you can, or you can ask library supporters in these districts to call (or both!). But time is of the essence. Here’s the breakdown by district. I’ve noted if they’re on Ed & Workforce; or Appropriations (which means they probably won’t sign); and if they’ve signed in previous years.
1 – Robert Brady – D (signed IAL last year)
2 – Dwight Evans – D (written confirmation that he’s signing both again this year – but still feel free to hit him if you have time/resources)
3 – Mike Kelly – R
4 – Scott Perry – R
5 – Glenn Thompson – R (on Ed & Workforce)
6 – Ryan Costello – R
7 – Patrick Meehan – R
8 – Brian Fitzpatrick – R
9 – Bill Shuster – R
10 – Tom Marino – R
11 – Lou Barletta – R (on Ed & Workforce)
12 – Keith Rothfus – R
13 – Brendan Boyle – D
14 – Mike Doyle – D
15 – Charlie Dent – R (appropriator, won’t sign)
16 – Lloyd Smucker – R (on Ed & Workforce)
17 – Matt Cartwright – D (appropriator, won’t sign)
18 – Vacant
What to Say
- Ask for the staffer who handles education. (Leave a message if you don’t reach them.)
- Give your name and say you are calling on behalf of the your state’s library association (or the American Library Association). If you are a constituent, say so.
- Ask for the Representative’s support to protect library programs that the Administration has proposed to eliminate.
- Ask them to sign two Dear Appropriator letters.* (Attached.)
- 1: The Library Services and Technology Act provides $8 million to Florida’s libraries for programs that support education and employment. Ask them to sign the letter by Representative Grijalva (gree-HALL-vuh).
- 2: Innovative Approaches to Literacy supports school libraries and helps kids get ready to learn. Ask them to sign the letter by Representative Bernice Johnson.
- Ask them to sign on by Wednesday (today!).
- (If they ask for more information, give them my contact, which is below.)
- Thank them for their support.