On May 15, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. While the act includes fiscal stabilization for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, schools, and colleges, the funding earmarked for libraries is far from enough to prevent additional cuts to library jobs and services that are crucial to the recovery ahead. The Senate is not expected to put the HEROES Act on the fast track. Republican Senate leaders have expressed a desire to evaluate the effectiveness of the CARES Act, in which libraries received $50 million. As the debate continues, it is likely that senators will pause relief funding legislation until June.
AL: The Scoop, May 22