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July 9, 2007 - Issue #58
A House Appropriations Subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee in June approved significant funding increases for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) increased LSC funding to $377 million, a $28 million increase over the FY 2007 level of $348.6 million. The full Senate Appropriations Committee increased funding to $390 million, a $42 million increase over last year. The President had requested only $311 million.The ABA supported the bipartisan LSC Board of Director's request for $430.6 million, as a step toward closing the 'justice gap." More than 160 representatives and more than 50 senators wrote House and Senate Subcommittee leadership, either jointly or on their own, to request a significant funding increase for LSC.
The full House Appropriations Committee and the full Senate are expected to consider their respective bills after the July 4th Congressional recess. For up to date and more detailed information, monitor the Governmental Affairs Office webpage or contact , ABA Director, Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at 202 662-1764.
For more information about the ABA’s grassroots efforts in support of LSC or about ABA Day, please contact , ABA Director of Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, at 202 662-1764.