Trump Budget Would Gut Legal Aid For Veterans, Domestic Abuse Victims And Disaster Survivors

If the Trump administration gets its way, the Legal Services Corporation is getting the axe.
News Story (NATIONAL)

Ryan Reilly
Huffington Post
March 16, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), American Bar Association (ABA)


The Trump administration unveiled its budget proposal on Thursday, suggesting Congress fully eliminate funding for LSC. Legal Services Corporation had requested $502 million for fiscal year 2017, and had been given $385 million in the 2016 fiscal year. That works out to just over $1.20 per American per year.

The American Bar Association said the organization’s leaders were “outraged” that the funding was eliminated in Trump’s proposed budget. “LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process. Without this assistance, court house doors will slam in the faces of millions of Americans, denying them equal access to justice,” the ABA said in a press release.