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March 2, 2009 - Issue #67
On February 25, 2009, the House passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009. The bill includes $390 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which is a much-needed $40 million increase over last year’s appropriation and the same amount recommended by the prior Congress’ House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The bill has been sent to the Senate where action is expected shortly.
On February 26, 2009, the Obama Administration released the outlines of its FY 2010 budget. A more detailed budget is expected in early April. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has informed LSC that the budget will include $435 million for the Corporation.
Participating in ABA Day in Washington 2009, April 21-23, will be even more important this year as bar leaders build relationships with a new Congress and Administration and continue to advocate on behalf of legal services. Register before March 15 to avoid a $100 late fee. For more information, go to http://www.abanet.org/poladv/abaday09 or contact Julie M. Strandlie, Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at or 202/662-1764.