July 9, 2009 - Issue #69
Before adjourning for the July 4th recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill. It includes a $50 million increase for the Legal Services Corporation, providing $440 million for FY 2010. The bill also lifts the restriction on receipt of statutorily-authorized attorneys’ fee. During floor consideration, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) offered an amendment to eliminate LSC; that amendment was overwhelmingly defeated 105-323.
The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out its version of H.R. 2847, providing only $400 million in funding, but lifting the restriction on use of non-LSC funds. The full Senate will consider the bill after the recess.
The Obama Administration had requested $435 million and asked Congress to lift the restrictions on the use of non-LSC funds, receipt of attorneys’ fees and filing class actions. The ABA actively worked with both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees to obtain at least $435 million and lift these restrictions.
S. 718, Senator Harkin’s bill to reauthorize LSC, continues to gain co-sponsors. A companion measure has not yet been introduced in the House.
For more information, contact , Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, or call 202/662-1764, or log on to the ABA LSC priority webpage at: http://www.abanet.org/poladv/priorities/legal_services/