Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
Sent By:
Jackson.Pineau@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Legal Services Corporation

***This is a programmatic request***

Deadline: Today COB

Current cosigners include (133): Brian Fitzpatrick, Joseph Kennedy, Susan BrooksLou Barletta, Joyce Beatty, Donald Beyer, Sanford Bishop, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Madeleine Bordallo, Brendan
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Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Carlos Curbelo, Danny Davis, Rodney Davis, Susan Davis, John Delaney, Suzanne DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Lloyd Doggett, Mike Doyle, Keith Ellison, Eliot Engel, Adriano Espaillat, John
Faso
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John Lewis, Ted Lieu, Dave Loebsack, Alan Lowenthal, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Stephen Lynch, Thomas MacArthur, Donald McEachin, Sean Patrick Maloney, Tom MarinoRoger Marshall, James McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Patrick
Meehan
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Kathleen Rice, Linda Sanchez, John Sarbanes, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, Kurt Schrader, Bobby Scott, Terri Sewell, Carolyn Shea-Porter, Louise Slaughter, Adam Smith, Darren Soto, Jackie Speier, Steve Stivers, Thomas Suozzi, Mark Takano, Claudia
Tenney
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Coleman, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth,

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to sign the letter below urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to continue funding Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in the FY 2019 CJS Appropriations bill.

LSC helps military families and veterans, those affected by opioids and addiction, victims of natural disasters, rural residents, domestic violence survivors, families with children, homeowners and renters, the disabled, the elderly and many others across
the country.

Investment in civil legal aid is one of the most effective ways to help Americans navigate the justice system. Business leaders, private law firms, state attorneys general, and Chief Justices of state courts have voiced their support for robust funding for
LSC. Funding for legal aid promotes individual empowerment and self-reliance by giving people the tools and knowledge to access the civil court system to protect and exercise their rights.

LSC distributes more than 90% of its total funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs that provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in every congressional district.

Please join us in urging the House Appropriations Committee to continue funding for the Legal Services Corporation.

To sign the letter, please contact Jackson Pineau in Steve Cohen’s office at jackson.pineau@mail.house.gov or Joseph Knowles in Brian Fitzpatrick’s office at joseph.knowles@mail.house.gov by 5pm
on Friday, March 9, 2018
.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve Cohen                 Brian Fitzpatrick          Joseph P. Kennedy      Susan Brooks

Member of Congress    Member of Congress    Member of Congress    Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

March ___, 2018

 

The Honorable John Culberson

Chairman

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,

 Science and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

H-310, The Capitol

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable José Serrano

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,

 Science and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

1016 Longworth House Office Building

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

As you consider programs that deserve funding, we respectfully request robust funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill.

LSC helps military families and veterans, those affected by opioids and addiction, victims of natural disasters, domestic violence survivors, families with children, homeowners and renters, the disabled, the elderly and many others across the country. Over
58 million Americans, or nearly 19% of the U.S. population, currently qualify for legal assistance from LSC-funded programs. LSC-funded legal aid programs help constituents who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty
guidelines – in 2018, $15,175 for an individual and $31,375 for a family of four. Eligible constituents span every demographic and live in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

In 2017, LSC released a new study “The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans,” that showed that 86% of the civil legal problems of low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal help in the past year. The “justice
gap” is the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs. Business leaders, private law firms, state attorneys general, and Chief Justices of state courts have voiced their support for robust
funding for LSC. Investment in civil legal aid is one of the most effective ways to help Americans navigate the justice system. Funding for legal aid promotes individual empowerment and self-reliance by giving people the tools and knowledge to access the civil
court system to protect and exercise their rights.

LSC provides basic field funding, which supports essential client constituent services in every congressional district. A reduction in LSC’s funding level for FY 19 would result in many more otherwise qualified people being turned away from civil legal assistance
organizations. This would result in hundreds of thousands of fewer citizens being served by LSC nationwide and would reduce access to the judicial system proportionately.

Congress established LSC to operate as a private, nonprofit corporation to promote equal access to justice and to provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons and families. LSC distributes more than 90% of its total funding
to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs.

We hope you will do everything possible to ensure that the Legal Services Corporation receives funding in the FY 2019 CJS Appropriations bill to ensure that critical legal assistance will be provided to those in urgent need.

 

Sincerely,

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