Box 7, Folder 12, Document 32

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E URBAN COALITION ACTION COUNCIL
JOHN W . G A RDNER
CHAIRMAN
18 10 H ST R EET. N . W.
27 Jun e 1968
WA SHI N GTON. D . C . 20006
WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE REP ORT
(Curre n t a s of June 27 ,• 1968)
FROM:
THE STAFF
THE STATUS OF SUBSTANT IVE LEGI SLAT ION
The Emergency Emp loy ment a nd Trai n in g Act of 1968
Se nate h earings h ave been c omp le t ed.
Th e Subcommi tte e repo r ted o ut a c l e a n b ill o n June 26th.
It i s a bi-p a rti s a n measure wh i ch shou ld be re v i ewe d a nd
a c te d u pon by t h e f ull Commi t t ee d u ring the week o f July
8th - 12th.
The Subcommittee s tr a tegy d i c t a t e d r eporting o u t t he
Eme r gency Emp loyme nt meas u re separate f r om th e pro po sed
Man p owe r De v e l o pme nt and Tra ini ng Act (MDTA) ext ens ion .
STATUS OF HOUSE LEGI SLAT I ON
The Se l e ct Subcommitte e on Labo r h a s sche dule d its las t
day o f h earings for J u ly 1s t . The f i n a l mark - up o f the
bi ll b y the Sub c ommittee wi ll prob a bly b e de l ay e d until
afte r t h e July 4t h re c es s.
The La bor Committe e repo r t e d o u t t h e MDTA e x t e nsion on
June 2 7th .
The Re v e nue and Expe nditure Contr o l Act o f 1 9 6 8
( f o rmer l y t h e Tax Ad j u stme nt Act of 1968 )
Th e b il l cont a ins a t e n p e rce nt t ax s u rch arge a n d $6
bil l i o n in b udge t c uts. The me as u re p ass e d th e House by
a vote o f 268- 1 5 0 . The Se n a te approve d t he b i ll o n the
2 1s t a nd the me a s u re is n ow awai t i ng t h e Pres ide nt ' s
si gn ature .
Con gre ss ional l eade rs are s u g g es ting th a t $3 b ill ion o f
t h e $ 6 b i llio n cut wi l l- be approve d by Congression al
action .
T E L E PH ON E: 202 2 9 3 · 1530
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Hous ing and Urban Deve lopme nt Act o f 1968
SENATE
The Se nate passed i t s ve rsion of the Act S-3497 on
May 28th.
HOUSE
Banking and Curre ncy Committee Ch a irman Wright Patman
introd uce d clean bill HR-17989 on June 19th. The
Committe e 's report was filed June 20 t h (House Rep ort
15 85) .
Chairma n Patman . we nt b e fore the Rul e s Committee on
June 27th. An ope n rule (pe r mitting floor ame n dments)
and four hours of g e n e ral debate we re voted. The
measure is e x pecte d to be on t he f loor in the House
for a c t ion right af ter th e July 4th r ece ss (which
conclude s J uly 8th ).
THE STAT US OF APPROP RI ATI ONS MEAS URE S
Th e p roposed s che dul e o f act i o n on th e part of t he Appropr iations
Sub commi ttees c oncerning l egis l at ion o f i ntere s t t o t h e Action
Council is:
1.
The Ho u s ing and Urban Deve l opmen t Appropri at i o ns
b i l l for Fi sca l Year 196 9 passed t h e Ho u se on
May 8. Th e Senate Appropriat ions Subcommittee o n
Independent Offices expe c ts to comp l ete i ts markup of the b ill on the afternoon o f J une 2 7t h . The
f ull Commi t t ee wil l mark the b ill up on J u n e 28 th .
2.
The Labor -HEW (i nc luding OEO) Appropr i a ti ons b ill
passed th e House on June 26th . Th e Wh itten Amen d ment which wou l d prohib i t the use of funds appro priated by the bi ll t o force busing o f schoo l
childre n , to ab ol ish any school or t o force secondary schoo l students to attend a particu l ar school
agains t the choice of parents, passed fairly easi l y
on a Tel l er (unrecorded ) vote.
Serious cuts were made i n many of the education
programs i n the Appropr i ations Committee and were
upheld by the House. Hard hit were Title I of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aid to schoo l s
in imp·o verished areas ) , the Tea cher Corps and Office
of Economic Opport~nity.
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Efforts will h ave to be concentrated on the
Senate to r es tore these funds and de feat the
Whitten amen dment which would subvert the 1 964
Civil Rights Act.
3.
The Second ( re g·ular ) Suppleme ntal Appropriations
bill for Fisca l Year 1968 easily passed the Senate
on June 26th by an 87 to 2 vote. As passed th e
meas ure includes $75 million for summer jobs and
$ 25 million for Headstart as act ive l y sought by
t he Action Coun cil.
The House on June 28th refues ed to accep t the b i ll
and c a lled fo r a Joint Conferen ce with the Senate
n amin g as House Conferees:
House Appropriati ons Chairman George Mahon ,
Congre sswoman Ha nsen, Congressman Wh itten,
Sike s , Natcher , Flood, Jonas , Laird, Lan gen ,
Li pscomb.
Th e Conferees meet June
re ach ed , th e Conference
J uly 1st . Floor ac tion
at the ear liest on July
28th and i f agreement is
report will b e f i l ed on
in t he House wou ld follow
2nd.
LETTER TO CONGRESS
As authorized at th e June 10 meeting of the Urban Co alition Action
Council, the Counci l issued June 27 t h a statement o f con ce rn f or
action on the urban crisis in the form of a l etter from Chairman
Gardne r to each member of Congress. The text o f the l e tter is
at tached . Comparab le communications from memb ers of local coalitions
to Senators and Congressmen are u rge ntly n eed ed.

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