News Story (NATIONAL)
March 24, 2019
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Tags: Access to Justice, Funding: Federal
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), American Bar Association (ABA)
The proposal comes despite the fact that Congress, which holds ultimate appropriation authority, has denied both of Trump’s previous attempts to can the LSC. Lawmakers have actually increased LSC funding each time the president recommended nixing the program that funds 132 legal aid programs, including many in states with few, if any, alternative providers.
LSC President Jim Sandman told Law360 he is “optimistic” that bipartisan support will continue to win the day on Capitol Hill.
“We meet regularly with members of Congress to keep them updated on what we’re doing and to make the case that LSC is a great investment of hard-earned taxpayer money,” Sandman said. “We have no difficulty in making that pitch.”