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0.38% government-wide rescission of discretionary budget authority for FY2000. The
funding for the LSC was thereby decreased to $304 million (P.L. 106-113).
FY2001. For FY2001, the Clinton Administration requested $340 million for the
LSC. The Clinton Administration had requested $340 million every year since FY1997,
in an effort to partially restore the 1996 cutback in funding. The proposal would have
continued all existing restrictions on LSC-funded activities. For FY2001, the House
Appropriations Committee recommended a total of $141 million for the LSC (H.R. 4690).
On June 26, 2000, the House approved H.R. 4690 which included $275 million for the
LSC. For FY2001, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended a total of $300
million for the LSC. The Senate, however, did not vote on its version of the bill. Instead,
it approved the version approved by the conference committee, which was agreed to on
October 26, 2000. The conference report on H.R. 4942 (H.Rept. 106-1005) provided
$330 million for LSC for FY2001. The $330 million appropriation for LSC included
$310 million for basic field programs and independent audits, $10.8 million for
management and administration, $2.2 million for the inspector general, and $7 million for
client self-help and information technology. Both the House and the Senate approved the
conference committee recommendation for LSC. H.R. 4942, signed by President Clinton
on December 21, 2000 as P.L. 106-553, included $330 million for LSC. The reader
should note that P.L. 106-554 mandated a 0.22% government-wide rescission of
discretionary budget authority for FY2001 for almost all government agencies. Thus, the
$330 million appropriation for LSC for FY2001 was reduced to $329.3 million.
FY2002. For FY2002, the Bush Administration requested $329.3 million for the
LSC. The proposal included all restrictions on LSC-funded activities that were currently
in effect. The Administration's FY2002 request for LSC ($329.3 million) was the same
as the amount that was obligated for the program for FY2001.
For FY2002, the House Appropriations Committee recommended a total of $329.3
million for LSC. This amount was the same as the FY2001 appropriation (after
accounting for the 0.22% government-wide rescission) and President Bush's FY2002
budget request for the program. The House Committee's recommendation for LSC
included $310 million for basic field programs, $12.4 million for management and
administration, $4.4 million for client self-help and information technology, and $2.5
million for the inspector general. The House Committee's recommendation also included
existing provisions restricting the activities of LSC grantees. In carrying out LSC's vision
of an effective and efficient statewide system of delivering legal services to the poor,
grantees have been merging and reconfiguring their legal services programs to better use
every federal dollar allocated to them. The House Committee report (H.Rept. 107-139)
indicated concern about the LSC overruling, without appeal, certain configurations
implemented by grantees via the state planning process. The House Committee report
directed LSC to review the state planning process and the concerns raised and report back
to the Committee by September 4, 2001, with a proposal (including input from the
stakeholders) that outlined the reconfiguration standards and the process for states to
appeal LSC's decisions. On July 18, 2001, the House passed H.R. 2500, which included
$329.3 million for the LSC.
For FY2002, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended $329.3 million
for LSC. This was identical to the FY2001 appropriation for LSC (after the rescission)
and the Bush Administration's FY2002 budget request for LSC. The Senate bill's LSC
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