Box 22, Folder 18, Document 13

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Box 22, Folder 18, Document 13

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By Andrew J . Glass
\Vashi:anon Post Staff Writer
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Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff capacity as chairman of the
(D-Conn.) yesterday disclosed Executive Reorgan ization subthat he intends to subm it a committee of the Senate Govbroad legislative package t o ernment Operations 'Comthe new Congr ess dealing with mittee.
what he called "the problems Sen. Robe1-t F . Kennedy (D·o f rebuilding urban America." N.Y.) is expected t o attend the
" We're off on our own," t he session .
Senator said in an interview. The Ribicoff panel held
He thus made it clear that he three weeks of hearings last
plans to champion the cause summer on "the crisis· in the
of t he cities on Capiitol Hill cities." They produced several
nex;t year whether or not he abrasive encounters between
receives backing fro m the Kennedy and witnesses, who
Johns·on Administration.
wer e drawn mainly from men
"One of t he great ·prob- holding elective or appointive
IT ems," Ribicoff went on, "is posts.
the tendency of the Execu tive The current hearing list, rebranch to r un t he whole leased for · publication today,
leans heavily toward non-govshow."
While Ribicoff, a former ernmental witnesses. They
Cabinet member' in the Ken- come from such diverse fields
nedy Administration, did n ot as private finance .and psysay \SO, it was nevertheless un- chiatry.
derstood that the 'W hite House Tuesday's w·1nesses will be
has offered him virtually no David Rockefe er, president
support for his urban legisla- of New York's Chase Mantive drive.
hatt:an Bank, and Richard
3 Weeks of Hearings
Scammon, vice president of
The Ribicoff proposals will the Governmental Affairs Inbe shaped, in large measur e, &titute and a former director
through ,a series of public of the Census Bureau.
hearings encompassing all The hearings will conclude
phases of urban life that will Dec. 15 with testimony from
begin on Tuesday and con- the Rev. Dr. M-artin LutJ1er
tinue for _three weeks.
Kin.g Jr., president of the
Nearly 50 witnesses will ap- Southern Christian Leaderpear before Ribicoff in the ship Conference. Ribicoff said
Senate Caucus room-and on this will mark the first tim~
television. The hearings prom- that Dr. King has ever testiise to serve as the sole legis- fied before a congressional
lative -a ctivity of any conse- group.
quence ito · occur 'before the Virtually the entire roster
new Congress convenes next of the Nation's Negro leaders
also will appear before the
Nearly 50 witnesses wm ap- panel. They include Roy Wilpear before Ribicoff in his kins, executive director of the
_ _ __ __ __ _ __ __ National Association for the
· Advancement of Colored Peoples; A. Philip Randolph, president of the · Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters, AF LCIO; Floyd McKissick, national director of the Congress of
Racial Equality, and Whitney
M. Young Jr., executive director of the Urban League.
Other leading witnesses at
the hearings include Walter
Reuther, president of the
United Auto Workers, "AFLCIO, -and McGeorge Bundy,
president of the Ford Foundation ,and a former Special Assistant to President Johnson.
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