House committee approves record $675 million in funding for civil legal services

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House committee approves record $675 million in funding for civil legal services

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The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved $675 million in funding for Legal Services Corp. in fiscal 2023, an increase of $186 million.

The figure, if approved by Congress, is a funding record for Legal Services Corp., according to a June 29 press release.

The LSC, which provides funds for civil legal aid, had requested $1.26 billion in funds. The demand is based on two factors: increased demand for civil legal services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unmet legal needs of low-income Americans.

The budget request “follows decades of chronic civil legal aid underfunding,” according to an earlier news release. “Adjusted for inflation, the $300 million 1980 credit would be over $900 million in 2022 dollars.”

In a statement, Ronald S. Flagg, president of the LSC, thanked lawmakers who recognized the need for a substantial increase in funding.

“Legal aid providers are making a huge difference in evictions, domestic violence and consumer cases, all of which are increasing during the pandemic,” he said.

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