January 14, 2008 - Issue #61
On December 30, 2007, the President signed into law H.R. 2764, (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008) which includes $350.5 million for the Legal Services Corporation. P.L. 110-161. This represents a split of the difference between the Senate-passed $390 million and the President’s requested $311 million. The House had approved $377 million.
While the appropriations bill that included LSC funding passed the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, it became clear that there would not be enough votes to override a promised veto. The same situation applied to the 11 other outstanding FY 2008 appropriations bills, and Congress was forced to compromise with the President and enact this omnibus bill. As a result, LSC for FY 2008 will receive only a $2 million increase instead of the expected $29-42 million increase.
The FY 2009 appropriations process begins soon, and LSC funding will continue to be a primary focus of the ABA’s legislative agenda and ABA Day in Washington, April 15-17, 2008. Please plan to participate and encourage other state/local bar and Access to Justice Community colleagues to do the same. Register now (and no later than) March 15, 2008 at http://www.abanet.org/poladv/abaday08/. For more information, please contact , Director Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, or call 202/662-1764.