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Statement of American Bar Association President: LSC and judiciary funding in omnibus

Statement of American Bar Association President: LSC and judiciary funding in omnibus

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 — Substantial funding for both the Legal Services Corporation and the federal judiciary in the bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill is a major victory for access to justice for all Americans.

The Legal Services Corporation will receive a $24 million increase above sequestration levels for fiscal year 2014. The LSC is the nation’s single largest provider of civil legal aid to low-income Americans, including veterans and the elderly.

The federal judiciary’s fiscal 2014 budget contains an increase of $316 million in discretionary funds over the current funding level. Funding for the judiciary allows our nation’s courts to continue to provide public safety and uphold the rule of law.
Congress should use the bipartisan sentiment expressed in this budget to protect the LSC and the judiciary from future debilitating cuts in the name of sequestration. This spending bill is an important demonstration of both parties’ commitment to justice. The ABA looks forward to working with members of Congress to provide adequate funding for the programs that make our system of justice a model for the world.

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