July 14, 2008 - Issue #64
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have now marked up their respective bills for FY 2009 and each has funded the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) at $390 million, a $40 million increase over FY 2008. For FY 2008, LSC received $350.5 million. Prior to the mark-ups, ABA President William H. Neukom wrote the House and Senate Subcommittees in support of the bipartisan LSC Boards requested $471 million, as a modest step toward closing the "justice gap."
President Neukoms letter included two important attachments, which further demonstrated nonpartisan, national support for providing more adequate funding for LSC: a first-of-itskind letter signed by all 50 state bar association presidents (plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) urging Congress to increase LSC funding to at least $400 million; and the annual letter circulated by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) supporting increased funding for LSC.This years letter was signed by 55 Senators, with additional Senators sending personal letters to the Subcommittee. For more information on LSC funding, including copies of the above letters, contact , Director Grassroots Operations/Legislative Counsel, or call 202/662-1764.