Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wisconsin Congressmen voted to basically eliminate legal representation for the Poor and Kill Jobs Nationwide!

Wisconsin Congressmen voted to eliminate legal representation for the Poor, twice.

In a massive job killing effort to make it almost impossible for those in poverty to get a lawyer:
The vast majority of LSC’s funding is used to support local nonprofit organizations via grants for the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
Badger state representatives voted to kill the service completely, before passing a much smaller increase. Roll Call:
The 2015 Appropriations bill would cut current funding by $15 million but is $50 million more than allocate last year. The bill passed at 1:15 a.m. after lawmakers turned back two proposed amendments, one to restore funding to the current level of $365 million, and another to eliminate funding  altogether. Rep. Austin Scott’s (R-Ga.) amendment to eliminate funding for LSC failed by a vote of 116-290.  This is Scott’s third attempt to defund LSC.  


The vote to eliminated funding backed by our state congressional representatives went like this:
LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION: The House defeated an amendment to abolish the Legal Services Corporation by eliminating its $350 million budget from HR 4660. With 800 offices nationwide, the LSC provides free legal representation on an as-available basis to individuals and families with incomes below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. The LSC’s proposed $350 million budget for next year is $90 million below its fiscal 2010 budget.

A yes vote was to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation: Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble.
I guess it must be time to take the country back from the…poor? 

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