Box 7, Folder 13, Document 8

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1819 H STREET, N. W.

14 June 1968



(Current as of June 14, 1968) Jum

FROM: The Staff

The Status of Substantive Legislation

The Emergency Employment and Training Act of 1968

Senate hearings have been completed.

Subcommittee Chairman Clark has not been able to set

up a meeting to discuss the broad, bi-partisan approach
to this legislation (with Javits and Prouty), thus
mark-up will be delayed.

Administration Position

There is no change in the Administration's position
of opposition to the bill expected to be evidenced
during debate.

Status of House Legislation

The Select Subcommittee on Labor intends to schedule
more hearings, but it is not definite as to when.
There is a remote possibility that hearings can be
completed before the end of the month.

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

As previously reported, the Senate-House Conferees

agreed on a 10 per cent tax surcharge with $6 billion
in budget cuts.

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The President has reluctantly agreed to accept
the $6 billion in budget cuts. Indications are
a substantial amount of this will be out of non-
essential defense and space programs.

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968

The Senate filed a clean bill, S. 3497, and
passed it substantially as introduced on May 28.


The Housing Subcommittee of the House Banking
and Currency Committee has reported out its
version of the bill.

The bill is being marked-up by full Committee.
Titles I through V have been acted on, with
Title IV (bonding for New Communities) dropped
altogether. The Senate allowed $250 million
for Title IV.

Realistically, the bill will not come up for
passage in the House until mid-July.

The Status of Appropriations Measures

The proposed schedule of action on the part of the
Appropriations Subcommittees concerning legislation
of interest to the Action Council is:

1. The Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
bill for Fiscal Year 1969 passed the House on May 8.
It is in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Independent Offices. Hearings have been completed
but the bill will not go to mark-up until the NASA
authorization bill clears the Conference Committee
(NASA's appropriation is part of the HUD appropriation
bi it).

The appropriations process for HUD is complicated
by the fact that HUD is asking the Senate Committee
to approve appropriations which are authorized in

this year's Housing Act: ‘$1.4 billion for

Urban Renewal (including projects in Model City
areas) for Fiscal Year 1970 plus $350 million in
renewal grants for Model City areas for Fiscal
Year 1969.

To avoid the need for a supplemental appropriation,
the Administration would prefer holding up action
on the Appropriations bill until the Housing Act
of 1968 is passed and signed.

2. The Labor-HEW (including OEO) Appropriations
bill has not yet been marked-up in Subcommittee.
The bill is stalled because of an apprehension it
will be cut up if reported soon. Strong efforts
are warranted now to get the bill out and preserve
the vital appropriations for education and anti-

3. The Regular Supplemental for Fiscal Year 1968
has been passed by the House and is in mark-up

in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on
Supplementals, chaired by Senator Pastore.

No funds for Head Start or Summer Jobs programs
were included in the House bill.

An attempt will be made by Senator Yarborough on

June 17 to add $25 million for Head Start in Sub-
committee. Senator Javits, who attempted to add

$51 million for Summer Jobs and $25 million for Head
Start to the Highway Appropriations bill on June 13
(the motion to table carried by only 44 to 32, making.
his effort close though unsuccessful), will likely
join in this effort and may try to get funding for
Summer Jobs also,

If the Senate does not add funds for these two pro-
grams in the Supplemental appropriations bill, it is
unlikely any other effort will succeed.

4. The Urgent Supplemental Appropriation bill for
1968 is still technically in Conference Committee.
Although it contains the funding for Head Start and
Summer Jobs, for all practical purposes, this measure
is dead. No one should be misled because the
Conference Committee has been holding meetings on the
bill. They are merely going through the motions.

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