LSC Funding Threatened, Despite Bipartisan Support

For the third year in a row, the White House has proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. The American Bar Association and LSC yesterday responded with a call for increased funding for LSC and noted the organization's "broad bipartisan support in Congress." LSC is the largest funder of civil legal aid to low-income Americans, and last year received $410 million in federal funds, a $25 million increase from the previous year. For the 2020 fiscal year, LSC is requesting $539 million to be distributed across 132 independent legal aid organizations serving every county in the U.S. The ABA also urged opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to do away with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which provides student loan forgiveness to qualified participants after 10 years of public service work.
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