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October 19, 2005 - Issue #50
During floor debate on the bill that funds the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the Senate in September agreed to an amendment increasing LSC's FY2006 funding. The amendment, sponsored by Senators Tom Harking (D-IA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR), would increase LSC funding by $34 million to $358 million, $8 million of which would be dedicated to assisting hurricane victims located around the country. In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee had cut LSC funding by $6 million for FY2006, from $330 million to $324 million, while the House of Representatives provided level funding at $330 million. The House/Senate conference is expected to take place as early as late October. In the meantime, a series of continuing resolutions will fund LSC and other government programs until the annual appropriations laws are enacted. For more information contact , Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at 202-662-1764.
On October 17, 2005, LSC released "Documenting the Justice Gap in America: The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans." This study documents the extent to which current civil legal needs of the poor are not being met. It found that for every client who received service from an LSC grantee, one applicant was turned away due to the lack of program resources, indicating that 50% of potential clients are not being served. To obtain a copy of the report, go to www.lsc.gov. For more information, contact , Communications Director, LSC, at 202-295-1615.