Box 7, Folder 13, Document 5

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1819 H STREET, N. W.
WASHINGTON, D.C, 20006 July 12, 1968

(Current as of July 12, 1968)



The Emergency Employment and Training Act of 1968

The bill lies in the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee.
The Committee will hold one more executive session, but it

is almost certain it will take no action on the measure this

The extension of the Manpower Development and Training Act
has been reported by the full Committee (Labor and Public
Welfare) and will be taken up on the Senate floor during the
week of July 15th.

There may be an attempt to amend MDTA, adding the Emergency
Employment Act to it, on the floor.

- Status of House Legislation

The Select Subcommittee on Labor has no plans to mark-up
the JOBS bill at this time.

The MDTA extension, unless there is objection, will be
taken up on the Suspense Calendar (this avoids the need to
get a rule from the Rules Committee). The Calendar is
called the Ist and 3rd Monday of the month or the last 6
legislative days of the session. MDTA could be called up
July 15th.

TELEPHONE: 202 293-1530 <GEZE


The Revenue and Expenditure Control Act of 1968
(formerly the Tax Adjustment Act of 1968)

The ten percent tax surcharge and the $6 billion in budget
cuts is now Public Law 90-364. The President signed the
measure on June 28th.

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 res-

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968

The bill has passed both houses and will now go to the
Conference Committee. Conferees are scheduled to meet at
2:00 p.m., July 15th.

The problem sections for the Conference Committee will include
a saving and loan section deleted by the House, flood insurance,
the eligibility formula for the subsidization of home acquisi-
tion by persons with low and moderate incomes.

One particularly thorny issue is an amendment allowing

for FHA funding and supervision of private hospital con-
struction. This squarely crosses jurisdictional lines
between the Banking & Currency Committees and the Labor and
Public Welfare Committee which has always had jurisdiction
over Hill-Burton hospital construction. HUD is not that
interested in supervising such a program and HEW is opposed.
One possible compromise is to let HUD finance construction
and HEW provide all the technical assistance.


The proposed schedule of action on Appropriation bills
concerning legislation of interest to the Action Counsel is:

1. The Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
bill for Fiscal Year 1969 passed the house on
May 8th.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has reported the
Independent Offices Appropriation (includes HUD funding).
The earliest it might be taken up on the Senate floor is
July 17th.

2. The Labor-HEW (including OEO) Appropriations bill
passed the House on June 26th. The Whitten Amend-
ment, passed by a Teller (unrecorded) vote, pro-
hibits the use of funds appropriated by the bill
to force busing of school children, to abolish
any school or to force secondary school students to
attend a particular school against the choice of

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 (includ-
ing OEO) hopes to complete mark-up of the bill by the middle
of the week beginning July 15th. The full Committee will
act the following week. Floor action is still at least two
weeks away.

Restoration of House Cuts of OEO and HEW requests, including
Teacher Corps, and defeat of the Whitten Amendment should be
accomplished within the Committee. It is crucial that every

-effort be made in the Senate to restore the amounts cut by
the House.

3. The Second (regular) Supplemental Appropriations
bill for Fiscal Year 1968 went into conference
where House conferees reduced the $75 million
requested for summer jobs to $13 million and re-
duced the $25 million requested for Headstart to
$5 million. The bill as amended by the conferees
was subsequently passed by both the House and
Senate and is now waiting the President's signature.
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