Box 7, Folder 11, Document 53

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THE URBAN COALITION ACTION COUNCIL
J O HN W. GA R DNER
CHAIRMAN
181 9 H STREET , N. W .
August 2, 1968
WASHINGTON , D . C . 20006
WEEKLY LEG I SLATIVE RE PORT
(Current as of August 2, . 1968)
FROM:
THE STAFF
THE STATUS OF SUB STANTIVE LEGISLATION
The Eme r ge ncy Emp loy me nt and Training Act of 1968 (Public
Serv ice Emp loy ment)
The me asure h a s not be e n reported b y the Senate Labor and
Public We lf a:re Co mmittee.
The e x tension of th e Man powe r Developme nt and Tr a ining Act
has b ee n orde r ed rep or ted by the Commi ttee, and a ction on
th e meas ure has b ee n d e l ayed . Ma jority Leade r Mans f i e ld
has i n d ica t ed h e will ca ll it up in Septembe r. ¼The n t he
bill i s co ns idere d by the f ull Se n ate , a bi pa r t i san co a lition
comp ri sed o f Senators Cl a r k , J avits an d P r o u t y wi ll a ttemp t
to ame nd it by add ing the Emergency Empl o yme n t Act to i t .
The Ho u se Se l e c t Sub com.mi ttee st ill has n o p l ans t o mark up
th e J OBS b ill.
The MDTA extens i on measure h as rece i ved a ru l e by the Ho u s e
Rul es Committee cleari n g it fo r f l o o r act ion, but wil l n ot
b e acted o n un t i l Co ngress returns after the p ol i t ical
convent ions.
Ho using and Urban Development Ac t of 1 96 8_
On Augu s t 1 st, t he Preside n t s i gned into l aw the Hous i ng a n d
Urban Development Act of 1968 . Representat i ves 6f the Urb an
Co alit i on Action Coun cil were present by invitat ion for t h e
c eremony.
A SlLmmary of the more i mp ortant provisions of this very
significant new act is to be found at the end of this
we e kly report.
The Urban Coalition will be prep a ring a
more detai.led analysis · of the l aw focusing on the new
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potenti a l it presents for local a6tion . · This analysis
will be distributed to local coalitions an~ made available to oth er parties on request when comp l eted.
THE STATUS OF APPROPRIATIONS _1\1EASURE S
The proposed sch edule of action on Abpropriat ion bills concerning
legisl ation of interest to the Ac t ion Council is:
1.
The Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
bill fo r Fiscal Year 1969 passed the House on
May 8th and the Senate on July 12th.
It now goes
to the Conference Committee, which has waited un- ·
til the HUD authorization bill was enacted into
law.
I t will meet sometime in September although
no meeting date has been set~
2.
As previously reported, th e Labor-HEW (including OEO)
Approp r iations bil l passed the House on June 26th.
Th e Wh itten Amendment , passed by a Telle r (un recorded )
vote, prohibits the us e of funds appropriated by the
bill to fo rce busing of school children, to abolish
any school or to force secondary school students to
atten d a particular school against the choice of
parents.
The House approved serious cuts in Title I of th e
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aid to schools
in i mpoverished areas ) , th e Teacher Corps and the
Office of Economic Opportunity.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee has marked up
th e bill.
The Cammi ttee did n·o t restore much of th e
education funding.
The following li s t indicates how
th e Committee acted on the requests made by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to restore funds
cut by the House:
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REQUESTED
APPROVED
$126
mil
$50
mil
Drop Out Prevention
30
mil
10
mil
Bilingual Education
5
mil
.10
mil
9.6
mil
2.3
mil
Titl e I' ESEA
Teacher Corps
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In add ition, the Committee kept the OEO
appropria tion a t t he low level approved by
the House and retained t he Wn itten A.mendment .
New l anguage was added to the Whitten Amendment
by the Committee.
It is believed th at this
language will substantially ameliorate its impact.
The bill is scheduled for the Sena te floor on
September 4th.
· rt is very imp ortant th at every effort be made
in the Se nate to re s tore the House cuts in the
HEW and OEO requests, and to defeat the Whitten
. Amendme n t, even though it has been amended .
If
vou wish more inf ormation on the specific cuts in
ihe HEW a nd OEO a ppropri~tions, pl~ase contact
Th e Urb a n Coaliti on Action Council office.
NOTE :
Due to th e Congressional recess for the party conventions, the
Action Council wi ll not issue f urther weekly reports until the
Congress reconvene s in Septembe r.

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