Box 7, Folder 8, Document 21

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l he Urban Coalition / Federal Bar Building West | 1819 H Street, N.W. Washington, D. C. | 20006

Steering Committee Co-chairmen: Andrew Heiskell / A, Philip Randolph

March 8, 1968

LEGISLATIVE REPORT



SENATE HEARINGS ON HOUSING BILL CUT SHORT BY CIVIL RIGHTS DEBATE:
Senator John Sparkman's (D-Ala.) Banking and Currency Housing
Subcommittee opened hearings March 5 on the Housing and Urban
Development Act of 1968 (S.3029 and H.R. 15624) but important
votes on civil rights legislation kep the Subcommittee from
hearing anyone other than HUD Secretary Robert Weaver. Sena-
tors quizzed Weaver on whether or not the proposed bill would
meet the needs of low income families. Weaver suggested the
President's 10-year program was designed to do the job and

he believed the Riot Commissions proposal to accomplish the
goal in only five years was unrealistic. Hearings begin be-
fore the House Banking and Currency Committee's Housing Sub-
committee (Barrett, D-Pa., Chrmn.)

OEO SUMMER FUNDS APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE: The Senate
Appropriations Committee has reported the 1968 Supplemental
Appropriations bill for floor action with the inclusion of

$75 million for OEO summer activities. No problem is expect-
ed in securing Senate approval. The real difficulties will be
encountered in the House.

CLARK SUBMITS EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT TRAINING BILL: Senator
Joseph Clark (D-Pa.) has introduced a bill to provide jobs
and job training in both public and private sectors for 2.4
million hard-core unemployed during the next four years. The
bill, S.3063, is similar to Senator Clark's emergency employ-
ment amendment to last year's OEO legislation which was
narrowly defeated. It puts in legislative language the job
opportunities in the business section (JOBS) program announced
by President Johnson in his State of the Union and manpower
messages. Last year the Urban Coalition led attempts to get
Senate approval of the provision for public sector jobs.

National Coordinators: John Feild / Ron M. Linton
Telephone 293-7530

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