The House of Representatives approved a 40 million budget increase for the Legal Service Corporation
The 11% increase would bring funding to the LSC to a total of $390 million. The agency said that most of the funding - a total of 365.8 million - would be awarded as competitive grants to 136 nonprofit legal aid programs across the nation.
"We all know that the poor are hit hard during economic downturns, and this funding will help more low-income Americans faced with unlawful evictions, domestic violence and other serious legal problems," stated Rep. Allan B. Mollohan -D. W.Va., chairman of the House of Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees LSC. The funding will also aid in the oversight of grants.