For immediate release | May 6, 2014

ALA applauds imminent House Judiciary Committee markup of USA FREEDOM Act; urges improvement and passage in both chambers

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee’s May 7th markup of the USA FREEDOM Act, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling today released the following statement:
“Librarians have fought for decades for the personal privacy rights of all Americans and hundreds of them from virtually every state are on Capitol Hill today. Thanks to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), their message about privacy to every Senator and Representative couldn’t be more timely: put an end to the intelligence community’s bulk collection of data about Americans’ phone calls starting tomorrow with House Judiciary Committee passage of the USA FREEDOM Act.
“Going forward, librarians in every state and congressional district are committed to working with House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to strengthen the public’s privacy protections in HR. 3361 as it moves to the floor of both chambers and to the President’s desk.”
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office