Recent Legislation: Congress Imposes New Restrictions on Use of Funds by the Legal Services Corporation

Liebman, Benjamin L.

Many in the legal services community have been reluctant to oppose the Omnibus
Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996 (OCRAA), fearful that any challenge might incite congressional Republicans to actualize threats to eliminate Legal Services Corporation (LSC) altogether. The Act must be challenged, however, for it sets a dangerous precedent. Congress cannot control the speech of private actors, and the congressional hold on the federal purse strings should not be permitted, whether by intimidation or by legislation, to insulate congressional activity from judicial scrutiny.


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November 30, 2015