Rep. Cynthia Lummis' committee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law will hear HR 1996, a proposed law that would prevent abuse of the Equal Access to Justice Act, according to a statement released last Thursday.
Essentially, the GLSA, which was authored by Lummis and will be introduced on the Senate floor by Sen. John Barrasso on Tuesday, attempts to shield the federal government from endless lawsuits filed by environmental groups.
Lummis says the practice has become overused.
EAJA was started in 1980 to help non-profits and low-funded organizations fight harmful government action, and it covers attorney and other legal fees if the organization wins a suit against the government. Lummis says the bill comes as a result of 16 years of unaccountability. More than 3.7 million has been spent on cases against the federal government filed by small low-funded groups and non-profits in 1,200 different federal cases.
The bill is sponsored by 18 Republican senators and representatives from different states.