Post calls on Senate to end legal aid restrictions

Today’s lead editorial in the Washington Post praised the House for passing an increase in funding for the Legal Services Corp.–but criticized it for leaving in place “unwise and unwarranted” restrictions that impede legal aid lawyers from helping their clients. The editorial asked the Senate, which takes up the funding resolution this week, to go further and end more federal restrictions, including a “poison pill” ban that taints all funds raised by legal aid organizations that receive federal funding. LSC is a funder of Maryland Legal Aid, one of the largest legal services programs in the U.S.

“The LSC has long been prohibited from using public funds to lodge class-action suits, represent undocumented workers or participate in any abortion-related litigation,” the editorial says. “While some limitations on the use of tax dollars may be warranted, there is no legitimate reason for federal restrictions on how local legal aid groups use privately raised funds or money they receive from state or local governments.”

To read the entire editorial, click here.

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