July 25, 2006 - Issue #52
Thanks to overwhelming constituent contacts and growing Congressional support, the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee both approved an increase in funding for the Legal Services Corporation for FY 2007 in their respective funding bills. In June, the House Appropriations Committee initially cut funding to $313 million, but the House restored funding to the FY 2003 level of $338 million during floor debate, thanks to a successful amendment offered by Appropriations committee ranking member David Obey (D-WI.)
In July, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds LSC initially provided funding at the FY 2006 level of $327 million. However, during full committee consideration, LSC's funding was increased to $358 million as the result of an amendment offered by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Pete Domenici (R-NM).The full Senate will consider the bill after the August recess, to be followed by a conference with the House. For more information, contact , ABA Director of Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel at 202/662-1764.