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An end to the government punishing itself? (Bringing back the 212(c) waiver would be cheaper.)


February 18, 2011
House Votes to Stop 'Equal Access to Justice' Fees
The House of Representatives gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would temporarily end the payment of attorney fees to some people who successfully sue the federal government.
Republican supporters of the proposal said they want to stop payments because of insufficient accounting of the program. Under the Equal Access to Justice Act of 1980, individuals, small businesses, non-profits and others can collect attorney fees from the federal government if they prevail in a case and meet certain other requirements, such as a falling below a net worth ceiling.
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Democrats, making an appeal to Tea Party supporters, said an end to the payments would harm people who are fighting the government with few resources. They described plaintiffs suing because they were denied Social Security benefits or used as “guinea pigs” in nuclear experiments decades ago.
“Who do you want to empower, the people who were the guinea pigs or the federal government?” asked Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
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Posted by David Ingram on February 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM