Hurd Bill Supporting Libraries Passes House

December 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 3530), a bipartisan initiative to ensure the continued success of our libraries and museums across the nation originally introduced by Senator Reed (D-RI). U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined representatives Reps. Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and David McKinley (WV-01) to introduce the House companion and push the bill to the finish line.

“Our public libraries, especially in rural areas, go far beyond simply providing books. They serve as the primary provider of literacy programming, technology training and job seeking assistance in many communities I represent across South and West Texas,” said Hurd, who represents more than one hundred public libraries, college libraries and school districts in the 23rd District of Texas. “The grant funding authorized through this bill directly serves libraries across our state and is vital for their continued success. I am glad my colleagues came together today in a bipartisan manner to support this bill, and I will continue to ensure that South and West Texans can continue to access quality educational resources.”

“Libraries are centers of community life, providing opportunities for millions of Texans to discover their passion, and pursue education and career goals. On behalf of the Texas Library Association’s more than 6,000 members, we’d like to thank Representative Hurd and Senator Reed for supporting our libraries, and for their leadership on the reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act,” said Dana Braccia, Executive Director of the Texas Library Association.

“We thank Representative Hurd and Senator Reed for their leadership in support of the important work of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the thousands of libraries across the United States,” said Mark Smith, Librarian and Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. “The Museum and Library Services Act will help state library agencies like ours in all states and territories continue to bring excellent library services to all communities.

“Modernizing our libraries and museums and prioritizing a diverse workforce that reflects the communities they serve is critical to ensuring a lifetime of learning for all individuals—no matter their race, age, or socio-economic status,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “I’ve seen the important role that libraries play in educating and serving our communities, and I’m thrilled that more funding will be heading their way to help them fulfill their mission. This bipartisan legislation conquered the gridlock of Washington, and countless libraries across the country will now have the resources they need to improve their services and reach more people.”

The bill is headed to the President’s desk.

The Museum and Library Services Act renews federal museum and library grant funding programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, of which Texas public libraries receive nearly $11 million in federal assistance each year.