January 9, 2007 - Issue #55
The 110th Congress, which was sworn in on January 4, 2007, must first complete the FY 2007 appropriations bills before turning to the FY 2008 budget process. The ABA is continuing to work with Legal Services Corporation supporters to increase LSC’s FY 2007 funding. Currently, LSC is funded by a continuing resolution at the FY 2006 level of $326.5 million. Congress will begin work on the FY 2008 budget in early February.
During the first days of the new Congress, the House and Senate appropriations committees were realigned; of significance, the old House Subcommittee on Science State Justice Commerce lost jurisdiction over State Dept issues, and was renamed Commerce-Justice-Science to correlate with the Senate Subcommittee. Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV) will chair the House Subcommittee, and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will chair the Senate Subcommittee; both Subcommittees have jurisdiction over LSC funding. For more information, contact , ABA Director of Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at 202/662-1764.