President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) released in early 2019 called for $18.2 million in funding to wind down the operations of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). This is the third consecutive presidential budget that would eliminate LSC.
Congressional leaders, however, have expressed bipartisan support for LSC. A Dear Colleague Letter in support of funding for LSC was signed by 209 members of Congress, including 34 Republicans and 175 Democrats.
The House of Representatives passed the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on June 25, 2019, that includes a proposed $550M appropriation in FY20 for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a $135M increase over the FY19 level. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet begun its FY20 budget deliberations on LSC funding.
This follows Congressional approval of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019 in early June that set aside $15 million for LSC to fund natural disaster recovery efforts.
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