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ABA House backs adequate funding for courts, LSC amid federal budget cuts

Posted Feb 11, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The ABA House of Delegates is responding to potential automatic budget cuts on the federal level.

Resolution 10A approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday urges federal lawmakers to assure adequate funding for federal courts and the Legal Services Corp.

“This resolution deals with an immediate potential crisis that confronts the federal courts and the Legal Services Corp.,” according to a report accompanying the resolution. “Within the next few weeks, substantial automatic budget cuts will take place unless Congress and the president agree to some alternative. Intensive negotiations are currently underway in Washington to determine which programs will be cut. It is anticipated that there will be significant cuts, whether automatically or by agreement, in many federal programs. As the national voice of the profession, the American Bar Association must speak out.”

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