ARCHIVED: Legislative Alert: Time to act on HR 4516 -- FDLP funding

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May 31, 2000


Dear AALL Members,

On Thursday, May 25th, the Senate passed an amendment offered by Sen. Mikulski to S. 2603, the FY 2001 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, expressing support for the Capitol Police. There was no action at all on H.R. 4516, which means that the earliest date for floor action will come after the Memorial Day recess.
We expect the Senate to act quickly, possibly as early as June 6th, but it remains unclear how the House leadership is going to handle the very contentious cuts to legislative agencies in H.R. 4516, nor what the House time frame will be.

While we have all worked very hard during this crisis and your advocacy efforts have been highly successful both in the Senate and the House, the timing of the Memorial Day recess is very fortuitous--your representatives will be back in their home states and districts and we all have an additional opportunity to speak with them or their staffs about the need to fully fund the Federal Depository Library Program in FY 2001.

Tell them about the unique role that law libraries play in providing legal and government information to our citizens; about the value of the FDLP; and about the need to preserve core legal titles in a print format until we are guaranteed the permanent public access and authentically of the electronic version. You'll find the May 11th alert with additional talking points on our website at: http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/aallwash

We thank you all for your wonderful response during this time of crisis, and for the leadership that you have taken as law librarians to support the depository program and to preserve core publications in print. Even though we've already contacted our representatives, we need to keep up the pressure so that both House and Senate agree to full funding for the FDLP. We must all continue this important educational process to avoid being faced with a similar funding crisis next year.

Thanks again and let's all keep up the good work!

Mary Alice Baish and Keith Ann Stiverson