September 9, 2009 - Issue #70
Earlier this summer, 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 fees.
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 Labor Day.
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, seeking to obtain at least $435 million and lift each of the restrictions addressed in the bills.
Senator Harkins bill to reauthorize LSC (S. 718), continues to gain co-sponsors. The ABA is working with House members to assist in developing a companion measure in that chamber.
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/