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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING URGES CONGRESS TO OPPOSE ELIMINATION OF FUNDING FOR LEGAL SERVICES

~Attorney General Herring joined bipartisan group of 32 state attorneys general in letter to Congress~

RICHMOND (May 26, 2017) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a bipartisan group of 32 state attorneys general in urging Congress to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

"Legal services provide an essential safety net for millions of our most vulnerable residents, including veterans applying for benefits and families escaping domestic violence," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "I am proud to come together with a bipartisan group of fellow state attorneys general to fight for access to justice for all Americans, because we cannot turn our backs on families looking for assistance when they need it the most. I hope Congress can see why eliminating federal funding to Legal Services Corporation would be so devastating to communities across the country, and will work to protect it."

The letter, sent to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committees, notes that formore than 40 years, under Republican and Democratic administrations, the LSC has helped residents across the nation to access justice.

LSC funding helps veterans and military families secure important benefits, it supports survivors of domestic violence seeking safety, and it assists families facing foreclosure and victims of natural disasters.

LSC funding also fosters longstanding public-private partnerships between legal aid organizations and private firms and attorneys nationwide who donate their time and skills to assist low-income residents in our states.

Joining Attorney General Herring in signing the letter are the Attorneys General of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington.  

 
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