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November 15, 2006 - Issue #54
|The 109th Congress reconvened on November 13, 2006, following the election, faced with a long list of pending legislation. The most important items on the agenda included completing ten appropriations bills, including the one that funds the Legal Services Corporation. Currently, a series of Continuing Resolutions fund the government until FY 07 legislation is completed. Congressional leaders have resolved to finish the bills before adjourning in mid-December.The House funded LSC at $338 million; the Senate Appropriations Committee funded LSC at $352 million.The House/Senate funding difference must be resolved, most likely in an omnibus appropriations bill.The Democrats will control both Houses of Congress when the 110th Congress convenes in January 2007. At press time, leadership positions and committee assignments were still to be decided.|
Mark your calendars now for “ABA Day in Washington,” which will take place on April 18-19, 2007.This event provides bar leaders with an important opportunity to meet with their members of Congress for increased LSC funding. Co-sponsored by the ABA Section Officers’ Conference and the National Conference of Bar Presidents, this event attracts national, state and local bar officials. For more information, contact , ABA Director of Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel at 202-662-1764.