The House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated an amendment to the Continuing Resolution that would have eliminated the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), the amendment should not have been necessary. Appropriations Committee Hall Rogers (R-KY) protected LSC by inserting only a modest cut of $70 million in the Continuing Resolution. He should have zeroed it out. In fiscal year 2010, LSC received $420 million.
This episode underscores divisions between the House leadership and less senior members who are actually committed to cutting spending. It is obvious that Republicans are not going to cut ridiculous and wasteful spending just because they claim that they favor fiscal responsibility during political campaigns.
The vote was 259-171. Here are the 68 Republicans who voted against the Duncan amendment to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation: