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ABA President James R. Silkenat told members of Congress this month that “funding cuts mandated by sequestration pose the greatest challenge to the fair administration of justice and the timely resolution of disputes.”
A federal workgroup turned to the ABA last month for the legal perspective on advance care planning (ACP) during a Sept. 23 virtual hearing.
The 16-day government shutdown ended Oct. 17 when President Obama signed P.L. 113-46 (H.R. 2775), legislation that continues most of the federal government at fiscal year 2013 sequestration levels through Jan. 15, 2014, and lifts the nation’s debt ceiling through Feb. 7, 2014.
The ABA urged a House Judiciary subcommittee to move legislation to address out-of-control prison costs and prison overcrowding and to press the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to fully utilize existing programs to release eligible prisoners into their communities.
ABA President James R. Silkenat, describing the nation’s indigent defense system as “in crisis,” expressed the ABA’s support this month for the creation of a National Commission on Indigent Defense.
Renewed discussion about comprehensive immigration reform emerged this month on Capitol Hill as President Obama said in his Oct. 19 weekly address that the issue is one on which he believes Democrats and Republicans can work together.
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