Advocacy Alert - June 29, 2018
Senate Committee Approves $2 Million Increase for IMLS
Good news! On Thursday, June 28, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services & Related Agencies appropriations bill, including a $2 million increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). According to a draft Committee report, the proposed increase would be split equally with $1 million for IMLS Research, Analysis and Data Collection and $1 million for overall IMLS Program Administration.
The Senate committee passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, firmly rejecting the President's repeated budget proposals to eliminate IMLS. This bill now awaits consideration and a vote on the Senate floor. This latest proposed funding increase for the agency overall is in addition to the $3 million increase for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) in FY 2018 funding, to $34.7 million. On the other side of the Capitol, the House of Representatives' companion bill, passed by a House subcommittee earlier this month, maintains OMS FY 2019 funding at $34.7 million and awaits full House Appropriations Committee consideration. After each chamber passes its bill, differences will be negotiated in a House-Senate conference committee with the compromise package requiring final passage by both chambers.