Trump Budget Plan Would Have ‘Devastating Impact’ On Legal Services For NYC’s Poor

An item in a preliminary Trump administration budget plan would, if implemented, hobble one of New York City's main providers of legal representation to poor people, and gut other legal services offices across New York state and the country.
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Nathan Tempey
Gothamist (NYC)
March 10, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


The Trump administration’s preliminary plan seems to be setting the White House on a crash course with the Republican-controlled Congress. Speaking to The Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, did not praise the LSC, but referring to the gambit of total defunding, predicted “you couldn’t get it through the Senate.”

“I would rather not have to be involved in a battle with the [White House’s] Office of Management and Budget about whether we should be included in their recommendations,” said Jim Sandman, president of the LSC, “but Congress is going to decide what the appropriation is, not the executive branch. We have good bipartisan support in Congress, [and] I am confident Congress will continue to fund us.”