Box 7, Folder 11, Document 18

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THE URBAN COALITION ACTION COUNCIL
JOHN W . GAR DNER
CHAIR M AN
1819 H STREET, N . W .
September 13, 1968
WASHINGTO N , D . C . 2000 6
WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE REPORT
Public Service Emp loyment (The Emergency Emp loyment and
Training Act o f 196 8 ). The Public Se rvice Emp loyment will
be offere d in the Se n ate a s an amen drnen t to Manpower De v e lop me nt and Tra ining Act ext e ns ion. The move will b e made b y
Senator Jos e ph Clark (D-P a .), with the supp ort of Senators
Jacob Javits (R- N.Y.) and Winston Prouty (R-Vt.).
It is
possible that the MOTA will be schedule d for Senate action
late nex t week. The Clark-Javits-Prouty amendment would
provide for at leas t 600,000 public s e rvice jobs in the n ext
two y e ars.
The MDTA passed the House on Septe mber 4, 1968 by a
vote of 315 to 0.
Appropri a tions. Fina l d e cisions on appropriations for
k e y hou s ing , e duc at ion a nd anti p overty prog rams will b e made
soon by Cong r ess .
HUD appropriations will be decide d on when House and
Senate Appropriations Committee me mber s begin their confe rence s on the Independe nt Of fic e s Appr o p riations bill Septemb e r 18.
At s t a k e are the amount s f o r u r b a n re n e wa l, mode l c i t i es ,
rent s upplements , fa i r hou s ing admini s tra tion and urb a n
planning and r e s ea rch (se e Appe ndi x A for d e tails). App ropriations fo r th e n e w programs in the rec e ntly ena cted Housin g
Act wi ll b e sough t in a supp l ement a l appropri at ions bill tha t
h as no t y e t b e e n se nt to Co ngres s.
The Se n a t e p a ss e d t h e edu cati on, a nt ipove r t y a nd ma n power traini n g a ppro p r i ation bill (for th e Departments o f
Lab or and HEW and the Off ice o f Economi c Opportun ity) Sept emb er 6. On t he Se n a te f l oor ma j or incre as es we r e vote d o v e r
th e Hou s e amount s f or e d u c a t ion o f c hildre n from p oor famil i es
(known as th e Ti tle I pro gram), for OEO , the Teach e r Corps
and the n ew dr o p out preven t ion p rogram.
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Most of the Senators named to the conference committee
that will decide the final appropriations -- possibly next
week -- opposed the increases the Senate voted (see Appendix
B for details).
HUD Personnel Cutback. The tax surcharge - budget cut
law (the Revenue and Expenditure Control Act of 1968) requires
the Executive Branch to cut back its total number of employees
to the number on June 30, 1966. This is to be accomplished
by filling three out of every four vacancies. HUD employment
increased by only 900 after the 1965 and 1966 housing la,.,rn
for rent supplements and model cities we re enacted. This
900-person increase will be wiped out and no provis ion made
for administering the new programs in the giant 1968 Housing
Act.
The cutback ~s a harsh restriction on agencies such as
HUD which have been assigned major new programs in the last
two years. Congres s has already taken steps to e xempt the
FBI, post office and air traffic controllers from the cutback.
�APPENDIX A
Housing Funds.
In the conferences on the HUD - Independent
Offices bill, th ese a re th e ma jor p r ograms on which the House
and Se nate confe rees must s ettle thei r dif ference s.
(The t wo
programs for which the Hous e did not grant any appropriations
were not ye t authorized by law when the House passed the funds
bill, so money could not be v oted at the time.)
Budget
House
Senate
Committee
Senate
Passage
(in millions o f dollars)
Urban Renewal
Urban Planning
Model Cities
$1, 4 00.
55.
$1,300.
38.8
38.8
$1,250.
47.5
1,000.
500.
1,000.
1,000.
Urb an Res earch
20.
10.
15.
15.
Rent Supplement
Contract Authority
65.
25.
65.
65.
Fair Housing
11.1
9.
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�APPENDI X B
Education, Labor and Antipove rty Funds. The Senate de bate d t he Labor-HEW Approp riations bill Se pte mbe r 4- 6 and
adopte d four k ey amendme nts prov iding more funds for educa tion
and anti poverty programs tha n the Se nat e Ap propri a tions Committe e and t h e House h a d r e comme nded (see t a ble b e low ). No
cha nge wa s ma d e in th e House fi gur e f o r ma npower t r aining
programs , which i s $4 0 0 million , s ome $13 mil l ion below the
Bu dget .
These were the k e y amendme n ts : Ti t le I education funds .
wer e raised to the Budget figu re of $1 . 2 billion afte r Sena tor
Hill (D-Al a . ) , the bill ' s manager , agreed th a t e a ch sta t e
s hould r e c e ive as muc h mone y fo r this pro g r am in fisca l 1 96 9
a s it did for this year. The amendment was o ffered by Senator .
Hart (D -Mich. ) a nd met no opposition .
Senator Pas t ore (D-R.I.) s p onso re d the a mendme nt rai s i n g
antipove rty funds $215 million ove r the Hous e and Senate Committee figur e . Hill o p po sed the ame ndme nt and it wa s a do pted
on a narrow 37-26 vote . Alt hough the Se n a t e f igure was $92
mi l lion under the Budget , Pastore said i t was acc e ptab l e to
OEO.
Sena to r Ne lson (D-Wis.), o r i g ina l s p onsor o f t h e Teache r
Corp s , presen t e d the ame ndment increasin g app ropri a tion s to
the Bu d get l e v e l. Hill pro p o sed th at Ne l son s e t tl e f o r
$24 , 667 , 000 , a comp romise sum me ntione d by HEW o f ficials , but
Nelson stuck by his higher figur e and th e Senate went along
with it.
The drop out p r eve ntion prog r am , wh i ch was wr itte n int o
the 1967 ant ipove rty b ill by Se n a tor Ge orge Mu rph y (R- Ca l i f . ) ,
wi ll get its f irst appropriation s i f the House g o e s a l ong with
the Se n a t e . Murp hy's ame ndment rais i n g th e fund s to $20
mill1on wa s adopte d on a 4 2-21 vote.
Approp r i at ions f or th e f o~r pro grams , fr om Budge t r eques t
to Se nate passage :
Budge t
Hous e
Se n a t e
Committee
Se n a t e
Pas sag e
(i n millions o f d o l lars )
Title I Education
$1, 200 .
$ 1 ,07 3.
$1, 123.
$1 , 2 00 .
Tea che r Cor p s
31 .2
1 5. 0
17 . 3
31. 2
Dropout Pr e v e ntio n
3 0.
00 .
10 .
20 .
2, 1 8 0 .
1, 8 73 .
1,87 3 .
2, 088.
OEO Antipoverty

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