Box 7, Folder 12, Document 31

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THE URBAN COALITION ACTION COUNCIL
JOHN W. GARDNER
CHAIRMAN
1819 H STREET, N. W.
5 July 1968
WASHINGTON . D . C . 20006
WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE REPORT
(Current as of July 5, 1968)
FROM:
THE STAFF
THE STATUS OF SUBSTANTIVE LEGISLATION
The Emergency Employment and Training Act of 1968
Senate hearings have been completed.
Review and action by the full Committee is expected
to take place during the week of July 8th.
It is expected that the extension of the Manpowe r
Development and Training Act (MDTA ) as reported by
the Subcommittee will also be conside red by the full
Committee during the week of July 8th.
STATUS OF HOUSE LEGISLATION
The Select Subcomi~ittee on Labor has completed
hearings.
The Committee is expected to mark-up the bill in
executive session probably not before the week of
July 15th.
The MDTA ex tension has been re p orted bv the full
Committee and the measure will be be fo re the Rules
Committee on the 8th or 9th of July . House f loor
action should t ake place shortly thereafter.
The Revenue and Expe n dit ure Co ntrol Act of 1968
(fo rmer l y t he Tax Ad jus t ment Act of 1968)
The ten percent tax surcharge and the $6 bi lli on in
budget cuts is now Pub lic Law 90 - 364. The Pres ide nt.
signed th~ measure on June 28th.
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Prevailing sentiment in Congress is for making
every possible effort to accomplish as much of
the $6 billion cut as possible. Many members
view the cuts as basically a Congressional responsibility.
Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968
SENATE
The Senate passed its version of the Act (S-3497)
on May 28th. ·
HOUSE
The Banking and Currency Committee's
the bill (HR-17989) was given a rule
and is scheduled for floor debate on
July 8th. Final vote is expected on
July 9th ..
version of
on June 27th
Monday,
Tuesday,
THE STATUS OF APPROPRIATIONS MEASURES
The proposed schedule of a cti on on Appropriation bills concerning
legislation of intere st to the Action Council is:
1.
The Housing and Ur ban Deve lopme nt Appropriations
bill for Fiscal Year 1969 passed the House on
May 8th.
The Se nate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Independent Office s h as comp l e t ed its mark-µ~
o f t h e bill a nd the f ull Commi ttee is expect e d
to complete its revi ew of the bill on Tuesday,
July 9th. The Committee is expe cte d to request a waiver of the three day r ul e and as k f or
Senate floor d e bate on Wedn esday or Thursday.
2.
The Lab o r-HEW (including OEO ) Appropriations bill
passed the House on June 26th . The Whitte n
Amendment, passed by a Teller (un recorded ) vote,
proh i bits the u se of funds appropriate d by the
bill to force busing of school children, to
abolish any school or to force secondary school
students to attend a particular school agains t
the choice of parents.
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The House also approved serious cuts in
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (aid to schools in impoverished areas), the Teacher Corps and the
Office of Economic Opportunity.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Labor- HEW (including OEO) held hearings
on the budget request in May and is not
expected to hold any further hearings.
It is, however, expected to complete
mark-up acition by the end of the week of
July 8th.
Restoration of House cuts of OEO and HEW
requests, including Teacher Corps, and
defeat of the Whitten Amendment .should be
accomplished within Committee.
It is
c r ucial that every effort be made in the
Senate to restore the amounts cut by the
House.
3.
The Second (regular ) Sup plemental
Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 1968
we nt into conference where House conferees
reduced the $75 million requested for
summer jobs to $13 million and reduced the
$25 million requested for Headstart to
$5 million. The bill as amended by the
conferees was subsequently passed by both
the House and Sena te and is now waiting
the Preside nt's signature.

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