May 16, 2006 - Issue #51
More than 250 ABA and state/local/specialty bar leaders from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. earlier this month for ABA Day to meet with members of Congress and lobby on a wide range of issues including increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation. The Bush Administration has proposed a $16 million decrease in LSC funding for FY07, which would reduce funding to $310.2 million - an amount less than LSC received in 1981. The LSC Board has requested that Congress increase its funding in FY07 by $85 million, which would bring LSC's budget to $411 million. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Reps. Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and Bill Delahunt (D-MA) are circulating Congressional letters in support of increased funding for LSC. The ABA and the organized bar grassroots network actively support this effort. For more information contact , Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at 202/628-1764.