Congressman Michael Turner released the following statement after sending a letter to the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations Congressman Tom Graves requesting that language be included in the FY2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

The Library of Congress announced on March 22, 2016 its decision to unilaterally revise its subject heading “Aliens” and eliminate its subject heading “Illegal Aliens.” 

“The Library’s attempt to unilaterally censor these terms, disregards their meaning and use in the current United States Code. By acting in the interest of partisanship, the Library of Congress is undermining its credibility and ignoring its responsibility to provide the American people with impartial and accurate access to its many resources. “

The language requested by Congressman Turner would prohibit the use of funds by the Library of Congress to unilaterally change and eliminate its subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal Aliens.”