President Obama wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on June 18 to request a number of changes to his administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2011. Among the amendments was a request to increase the FY 2011 budget for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to $265,869,000, an increase of $313,000 over the amount in the President’s budget. Apparently the original budget, sent to Congress in February, did not reflect the accurate funding level for the agency. If appropriated by Congress, the revised budget for IMLS would equal the amount appropriated to the agency in FY 2010, after Congressional earmarks are accounted for.
Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.