Box 7, Folder 10, Document 37

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Box 7, Folder 10, Document 37

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1819 H STREET. N . W.
WASHINGTON. D. C . 20006
September 27, 1968
Housing. Final action on appropriations for the HUD
Department was taken September 25 when the Senate agreed to
the disappointingly low figures for key housing programs
without dissent.
(For figures, see September 20 Legislative
HUD Under Secretary Robert C. Wood September 25 said
decisions would be made within a week on whether to make
across-the-board reductions or selective cuts in HUD programs. Congress cut the Department's requested funds by
one-third -- from $3.1 billion to $2.1 billion.
Wood, in an interview with editors of Housing and Urban
Affairs Daily, singled out four programs where the Congressional
cuts especially hurt. These were:
Urban renewal grants. As these are for the next
fiscal year, fiscal 1970, more funds may be sought
next year.
Model Cities, for which $625 million instead of
$1 billion was approved.
Urban inf ormation and technical assistance -- a
small program to help states and cities carry out
urban projects. Congress refused to grant any of the
$5 million requested for the program.
Fair housing enforcement, f or which all funds were
denied on grounds HUD already had suffici e nt p e rsonne l
working in the civil rights fi e ld. The $9 million the
Senate had provided would have enabled HUD to hire
about 690 investigators across the country to enforce
the new fair housing req uirements written into law in
Apri l .
Several organizat ions h a ve p rotested the denial o f funds
to e nfo r ce the · fa i r housing act and ther e is a poss i bility
that HUD will ask Congress to reconsider its acti on. This .
h inges, h owever, on a d ecision the Ad mi n i s t rat ion mu s t ma ke
soon on whether to send requests f o r .supp l emental appropri-
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�- 2 ations to Congress this fall. Although that is the usual
procedure late in the session, the economy mood in Congress
may be so strong just before elections that the Administration
will not ask for additional money.
The major new programs in the 1968 housing law will be
delayed at least six months if no supplemental appropriations
are requested from or voted by Congress.
HUD Personnel. Another factor that might delay the new
housing programs is the Congressional directive in June that
HUD, and all other federal agencies, cut back on their personnel. HUD had hoped to add 1,600 employees this year.
Instead, it will have to reduce its staff by 900 -- not by
firing employees but by filling only 7 out of 10 vacancies
that develop as employees resign or retire.
Senator John Sparkman (D Ala.), chairman of the Senate's
Housing Subcommittee, tried unsuccessfully September 23 to
win Senate approval of an e x emption for HUD from the personnel
cutback. Unfortunately, exemptions f or other age nc i es were
tacked onto Sparkman's amendment and the major sponsor of the
personnel cutback,. Senator John Williams (R Del.), fought the
amendment bitterly. It was defeated, 23-37.
It is anticipated th a t anothe r attempt will be made to
e x empt HUD f rom the seve r e personne l limitations before
Congress adjourns.
Education, Labor and Antipoverty Funds. Final appropriations f or e ducation, manpower training a nd antipoverty programs will be announc e d Sept e mbe r 30. Me mbers o f t he House
and Senate Appropriation s Committees comp romi sed t heir d iffere n ces i n a Sept ember 26 mee ting b ut wi t hheld a nnounc e ment o f
the sums agreed upon. The differences in key appropriations
were listed in Appe ndix B of the Septembe r 13 Leg i slative Repor t .
Head St art . Members o f the House and Sen a t e e duc ation
committees, meeting in conference on the vocational e ducation
bi ll , h a ve a g ree d t o d rop an amendmen t b y Sen ato r Pete r
Domini ck (R Colo . ) that would hav e t r a n s f e rred the Head Start
pro gram t o HEW' s Office o f Edu cat i o n. The pro gram wi ll c o ntinue to be r u n by the independent antipovert y agency, the
Office of Economic Opportunity. Under the final version of
the vocational education bill, the President is asked to have
a study made of how Head Start can best be administered and
to report to Congress next spring.

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