Washington eBulletin – April 2019

A Look Ahead

AALL President to Testify Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee Today 

AALL President Femi Cadmus will testify this afternoon before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in support of the funding requests of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress. Cadmus’ testimony calls for full funding of the requested $31.3 million for the GPO’s Public Information Programs account that supports the Federal Depository Library Program. She will also request support for the Law Library of Congress’ $18 million request so that it may complete its project to archive its global legal research reports and continue its digitization efforts. The hearing is expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern and Cadmus is scheduled to be the first witness. The hearing will be livestreamed.

Bicameral Net Neutrality Bill Introduced 

House and Senate lawmakers introduced the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644/S. 682) to restore the strong protections for net neutrality and broadband access guaranteed by the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Open Internet Order in late 2017 despite strong opposition from AALL and many others.

The Save the Internet Act was voted out of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee last week and faces a full Committee vote this week. AALL strongly supports the legislation and urges the House to pass the bill without any harmful amendments or attempts to weaken it.

Act Now

AALL Day on the Hill / Agenda Now Available

Join AALL on Capitol Hill to influence information policy issues and harness our collective voice for the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries. Then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.


  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • 80-person limit
  • Agenda is now available

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