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program allocations were identical to those in the House bill. The Senate Committee's
recommendation also included existing program prohibitions. On September 13, 2001,
the Senate passed H.R. 2500, which included $329.3 million for LSC.
The Conference Committee report on H.R. 2500 included $329.3 million for LSC
for FY2002. This was identical to the FY2001 appropriation for LSC (after the
rescission) and the Bush Administration's FY2002 budget request for LSC. The
Conference Committee report'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
Conference Committee report also included existing provisions restricting the activities
of LSC grantees. The Conference report (H.Rept. 107-278) was passed by the House on
November 14, 2001, and by the Senate on November 15, 2001. H.R. 2500 was signed
into law (P.L. 107-77) by President Bush on November 28, 2001.
FY2003. For FY2003, the Bush Administration again requested $329.3 million for
the LSC. However, the amounts for a couple of the components differed. The FY2003
budget request included $310 million for basic field programs, $13.3 million for
management and administration (rather than $12.4 million as currently appropriated), $3.4
million for client self-help and information technology (rather than $4.4 million as
currently appropriated), and $2.6 million for the inspector general (rather than $2.5
million as currently appropriated). The FY2003 budget request also would have
continued all restrictions on LSC-funded activities currently in effect. The
Administration's FY2003 request for LSC ($329.3 million) is the same as the amount
currently obligated for the program for FY2002. Historically, the Corporation's highest
level of funding was $400 million in FY1994 and FY1995.
On July 18, 2002, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended a total of
$329.4 million for the LSC for FY2003 (S. 2778; see S.Rept. 107-218). This is $97,000
above the FY2002 appropriation for LSC and the Bush Administration's FY2003 budget
request for the LSC (it included funds for a 4.1% pay adjustment). The FY2003 Senate
Committee budget request included $310 million for basic field programs, $13.3 million
for management and administration, $3.4 million for client self-help and information
technology, and $2.6 million for the inspector general. The Senate Appropriations
Committee FY2003 budget request also continued all restrictions on LSC-funded
activities currently in effect.
The House did not introduce a bill for CJS appropriations (which includes
appropriations for the LSC) for FY2003. H.J.Res. 18 (P.L. 108-5), the eighth continuing
resolution for FY2003 appropriations, passed by both the House and Senate on February
5, 2003, among other things, continued funding of the LSC at the FY2002 level through
February 20, 2003. H.J.Res. 2, which was amended and agreed to (S.Amdt.1) by the
Senate on January 23, is an omnibus appropriations bill that, among other things, would
have increased LSC funding by $19 million to $348.4 million in FY2003 to ensure that
no service area receives less LSC funding for FY2003 than the area received for FY2002
as a result of the change in state poverty populations (based on 2000 Census data). On
February 13, before H.J.Res. 18 expired, both the House and Senate agreed to the
conference report on H.J.Res. 2. The conference agreement increases LSC funding by
$9.5 million to $338.8 million for FY2003 to offset decennial Census funding
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