President Obama recently signed into law the Legislative Branch fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill (P.L. 111-68) (H. Rept. 111-265). The bill includes $439.8 million for salaries and expenses at the Library of Congress. This represents a $27.1 million increase over FY 2009.
The bill includes specific allocations of funds for the following programs:
- National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program–$7.6 million
- Digital Collections and Educational Curricula Program–$7.3 million
- Veteran’s History Project–$2.2 million
- Civil Rights History Projects Act–$250,000. Note: The Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress jointly administer the program. The Smithsonian also received $250,000 in its FY 2010 budget for the project. It is a 5-year initiative to record oral and video histories of those who lived during the African American Civil Rights movement between 1954 and 1968.
- Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission–$750,000