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House's continuing resolution would give $40M in disaster aid to Legal Services Corp.

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A continuing resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday would give $40 million in disaster aid to the Legal Services Corp. to support legal aid groups helping low-income Americans affected by extreme weather events.

The continuing resolution would fund the federal government at fiscal 2021 levels through Dec. 3, the Legal Services Corp. reported in a press release.

The $40 million for the Legal Services Corp. is part of $28.6 billion in additional disaster relief funding provided in the continuing resolution, according to the press release and the Federal News Network.

“We are grateful to the House for including $40 million in legal aid funding to support the victims of disasters across the country over the past two years,” said Ronald S. Flagg, president of the Legal Services Corp., in the press release. “This funding will help our neighbors repair and stay in their homes, protect them from consumer scams aimed at disaster victims, recover key identification documents such as birth certificates and licenses, and apply for recovery benefits that Congress has provided.”

The Washington Post sees significance in the party-line vote in the House to keep government operating into December and to suspend the debt ceiling into December 2022. The vote “foreshadowed its doomed prospects in the Senate, where Republicans have pledged to oppose it” as they take a stance against raising the debt ceiling.

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