President Donald Trump signed a federal stimulus package on March 27 that provides $50 million to the Legal Services Corporation to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump’s FY2021 budget proposal, released on February 10, 2020, calls for $18.2 million in funding to wind down the operations of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC)—the fourth consecutive presidential budget proposal to eliminate LSC.
Despite the President’s budget, congressional leaders have increased funding for LSC in each of the last three budgets. Congress approved a Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) minibus spending bill in late December, that includes $440M for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a $25M increase over FY19 levels. This follows Congressional approval of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019 in early June 2019 that set aside $15 million for LSC to fund natural disaster recovery efforts.
LSC requested $652.6 million in FY2021 to enhance funding for civil legal aid nationwide.
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