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House Appropriations Committee Announces Proposed Cuts to LSC
Posted On: Feb 10, 2011 - Updated On: Jan 06, 2016

On February 9, 2011, the Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations announced cuts that will be recommended in a Continuing Resolution (CR) bill for the remaining seven months in FY 2011. (The federal fiscal year runs from October through September.) The government is currently operating based on a CR passed by the old Congress in December, which is set to expire on March 4th. The full list of cuts will be released when the bill is formally introduced.


The $75 million cut to the Legal Services Corporation that is listed in this press release represents a 17% reduction from President' Obama's budget request of $435 million for LSC. If passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law, LSC would be funded at $360 million for FY 2011 or a 14% cut from the actual current level of $420 million. Obviously, this would be a devastating cut for LSC-funded programs already reeling from cuts to IOLTA and other state funding.

It is not clear when the bill will be brought to the floor of the House, but it is expected to be soon--perhaps as early as next week. Presumably, the House Leadership would not bring the bill to the floor if they didn't have enough votes for passage. Nonetheless, it wouldn't hurt for any member who lives in a District represented by a Democrat or moderate Republican to reach out and remind their Representative that there are real people on the other end of the cuts.


 
 
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