Senior Republican, eyeing Trump budget, worries about U.S. debt

Reuters | March 14, 2019

A senior Senate Republican gave a lukewarm welcome to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget plan, complaining on Wednesday that growing debt was taking the country in “an ominous direction.” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi opened a hearing on the Republican president’s proposal with a broad attack on what he said was the growing, misguided view that U.S. debt and deficits do not matter.

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Libraries, and more specifically depository libraries, and, most importantly, Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) libraries, have successfully preserved an important part of the public record of our democracy for 200 years (McGarr). Although some librarians have questioned whether or not preservation was either an intentional goal of the FDLP or an objective of the participating libraries (Shuler 2004), it is undeniable that the Program has successfully preserved millions of volumes, even if that was a byproduct of other intentions. But the migration of government information from print to digital has introduced new problems into the challenge of preserving government information. Very little government information is being deposited in FDLP libraries. In 2013 the Government Printing Office (GPO) estimated that 97% of federal government information was born-digital and current GPO policy limits FDLP deposit of digital information to so-called “tangible” objects such as CD-ROMs and DVDs (GPO 2006), which create their own preservation problems (Gano). While libraries played an essential role in preservation of government information in the print era, most born-digital government information is not held, managed, organized, served, or preserved by libraries.

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Libraries, and more specifically depository libraries, and, most importantly, Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) libraries, have successfully preserved an important part of the public record of our democracy for 200 years (McGarr). Although some librarians have questioned whether or not preservation was either an intentional goal of the FDLP or an objective of the participating libraries (Shuler 2004), it is undeniable that the Program has successfully preserved millions of volumes, even if that was a byproduct of other intentions. But the migration of government information from print to digital has introduced new problems into the challenge of preserving government information. Very little government information is being deposited in FDLP libraries. In 2013 the Government Printing Office (GPO) estimated that 97% of federal government information was born-digital and current GPO policy limits FDLP deposit of digital information to so-called “tangible” objects such as CD-ROMs and DVDs (GPO 2006), which create their own preservation problems (Gano). While libraries played an essential role in preservation of government information in the print era, most born-digital government information is not held, managed, organized, served, or preserved by libraries.

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