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H.R. 1003: Library Stabilization Fund Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1003

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 11, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To support the provision of library services and technology to meet the needs stemming from the coronavirus.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Library Stabilization Fund Act.

2.

Purposes

The purposes of this Act are—

(1)

to enable libraries to keep individuals and communities safe, connected, and participating in, and contributing to, our economic recovery; and

(2)

to ensure libraries can continue to support the continuity of learning, combat learning loss, and offer early literacy, distance learning, adult education, job seeking and skills training, health information, and telehealth services.

3.

Funds for library services and technology

(a)

In General

There is appropriated, out of amounts in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $200,000,000, to remain available until expended, to carry out the Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. 9121 et seq.), as authorized under subtitle B of the Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. 9121 et seq.), including for administrative costs authorized under section 210C of such Act (20 U.S.C. 9111), except that—

(1)

section 221(b)(3)(A) of the Library Service and Technology Act shall be applied by substituting $2,000,000 for $680,000 and by substituting $200,000 for $60,000; and

(2)

section 221(b)(3)(C) and subsections (b) and (c) of section 223 of such Act shall not apply to funds provided under this section.

(b)

Uses of funds

As authorized under the Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. 9121 et seq.), funds provided under this section may be used for activities such as—

(1)

maintaining and enhancing library operations and services;

(2)

offering greater access to technology through libraries, including through expanding digital networks and connectivity, purchasing and lending hotspots and other technology, and purchasing and making available digital content, resources, and services; and

(3)

ensuring training and technical support for libraries, including to assist with the safe handling of materials and the implementation, use, provision, and retention of technology and services.

(c)

Emergency designation

(1)

In general

The amounts provided by section are designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(g)).

(2)

Designation in senate

In the Senate, this section is designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 4112(a) of H. Con. Res. 71 (115th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.