WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today approved funding legislation that provides $328 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Fiscal Year 2013, a cut of $20 million from current levels.
The LSC funding is contained in the 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which calls for $51.1 billion in funding.
Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) announced that this bill will be the first to come to the House floor, on May 8.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) on April 18 approved funding legislation that provides $402 million for LSC, which is what the White House had recommended.
LSC funding was approximately $404 million in Fiscal Year 2011 before falling to $348 million in Fiscal Year 2012.
Most of LSC’s funding is used to support local nonprofit organizations via grants for the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
Established by Congress in 1974, LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal assistance in the nation. LSC grants help address the civil legal needs of the elderly, victims of domestic violence, veterans seeking benefits to which they are entitled, persons with disabilities, tenants facing unlawful evictions, and other civil matters.