U.S. House committee approves $135 million boost to legal aid funding

The Legal Services Corporation got a fast start in the federal budget process Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved a large financial boost of $550 million to the civil legal aid organization.

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Indiana Lawyer
May 24, 2019

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS)


This is only the first of several steps that will follow in the work of crafting the federal spending plan for fiscal year 2020. The full House must vote on the bill and the Senate still has to formulate its proposal, then the two chambers will have to confer and agree on a joint budget before sending the bill to the White House.

Still, LSC celebrated the committee’s approval. The $550 million represents a $135 million increase over the corporation’s current funding and is the largest appropriation proposal LSC has ever received in absolute dollars.

“We are very grateful to the House Appropriations Committee for recognizing that the Legal Services Corporation promotes the most fundamental of American values — equal justice under the law,” said LSC president James Sandman.