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S. 3530 (115th): Museum and Library Services Act of 2018

About the bill

How much federal money, if any, should go to libraries and museums?


The previous reauthorization of the Museum and Library Service Act came in 2010, signed by President Obama. But President Trump wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services agency, and its $231 million budget, entirely.

A Senate committee voted unanimously last week to not only preserve the agency, but increase its budget as well.

What the bill does

The Museum and Library Services Act [S. 3530 + H.R. 6988] in many ways mirrors the previous Obama-era reauthorization, but with a few changes:

  • Total expenditures would be $299 million, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.
  • More funds for disaster preparedness for libraries and museums, an issue more front and center in …

Sponsor and status

John “Jack” Reed

Sponsor. Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2018
Length: 12 pages
Sep 28, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 31, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 31, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-410

23 Cosponsors (19 Democrats, 3 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senator Reed’s Bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act Heads to President’s Desk
    — Sen. John “Jack” Reed [D-RI] (Sponsor) on Dec 19, 2018

Chairman Alexander: This Congress, HELP Committee Produced 18 Laws Including Landmark Opioid Legislation to Combat Nations Most Pressing Public Health Crisis
    — Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN, 2003-2020] on Dec 20, 2018

Hurd Bill Supporting Libraries Passes House
    — Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23, 2015-2020] on Dec 19, 2018

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 6988: Museum and Library Services Act of 2018

Introduced on Sep 28, 2018. 94% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2271: Museum and Library Services Act of 2017

Introduced on Dec 21, 2017. 94% incorporated. (compare text)


Sep 28, 2018

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Nov 29, 2018
Ordered Reported

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Dec 4, 2018
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 19, 2018
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 31, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 3530 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3530. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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