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92D CONGRESS

18T SESSION

H. R. 5376

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MARCH 2, 1971 Mr. BLATNIK (for himself, Mr. Boggs, Mr. Johnson of California, Mr. JONES

of Alabama, Mr. EDMONDSON, Mr. WRIGHT, Mr. CLARK, Mr. Dorn, Mr. HENDERSON, Mr. KEE, Mr. Roe, and Mr. McFall) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Public Works

A BILL

To extend the Public Works Acceleration Act, the Public Works

and Economic Development Act of 1965, and the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

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TITLE I- PUBLIC WORKS ACCELERATION ACT

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SEC. 101. This title may be cited as the “Public Works

5 Acceleration Act Amendments of 1971".

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SEC. 102. The Public Works Acceleration Act (42

7 U.S.C. 2641 et seq.) is 'amended as follows:

3 (1) Clause (1) of section 2 (a) is amended to read as 9 follows: "(1) certain communities and areas in the Nation

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1 are presently burdened by substantial unemployment and 2 underemployment resulting from the economic decline of

3 1970, and”.

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(2) Subsection (b) of section 2. is amended to read as

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"(b) Congress further finds that Federal assistance to 7 stimulate public works investment in order to increase em8 ployment opportunities is most urgently needed in those

areas, both urban and rural, suffering persistent or substan10 tial unemployment or underemployment.

(3) Subsection (a) of section 3 is amended to read as

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“(a) For the purposes of this section, the term 'eligible

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"(1) those areas designated by the Secretary of

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Commerce as 'redevelopment areas' for the purpose of

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the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, and those areas designated by such Secretary

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under section 102 of such Act.

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“(2) those areas which the Secretary of Labor designates each month as having been areas of substantial unemployment for at least six of the preceding

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(4) The last sentence of subsection (c) of section 3

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is amended to read as follows: "Notwithstanding any pro

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1 vision of such law requiring the Federal contribution to the 2 State or local government involved to be less than a fixed 3 portion of the cost of a project, grants-in-aid may be made 4 under authority of this section which bring the total of all

5 Federal contributions to such project up to 80 per centum 6 of the cost of such project.” 7 (5) Subsection (d) of section 3 is amended to read as

8 follows:

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'(d) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for 10 the fiscal years beginning after June 30, 1970, not to exceed 11 $2,000,000,000, to be allocated by the President in ac12 cordance with subsection (b) of this section.” 13

(6) Subsection (e) of section 3 is amended by adding 14

at the end thereof the following: "In prescribing such rules, 15

regulations, and procedures, the President shall require that 16

priority be given to projects for assistance in the construc17

tion of basic public works (including works for the storage, 18

treatment, purification, or distribution of water; and sewage,

sewage treatment, and sewer facilities) for which there is an 20

urgent and vital public need.” 21

(7) Subsection (h) of section 3 is amended to read as

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“(h) The criteria to be used by the Secretary of Labor

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in determining areas of substantial unemployment for the

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purposes of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this section

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1 shall be the criteria established in section 8.3 of title 29 of

2 the Code of Federal Regulations as in effect March 2, 1971." 3 (8) Subsection (a) of section 4 is amended to read as

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“(a) No part of any allocation made by the President

6 under this Act shall be made available during any fiscal year

7 to any State or local government for any public works project 8 if the proposed or planned total expenditure (exclusive of 9 Federal funds) of such State or local government during such 10 fiscal year for all its capital improvement projects is de

11 creased."

12 (9) By adding at the end thereof the following: 13 “"SEC. 7. An eligible area under this Act shall retain 14 such designation for so long as it continues to meet the un15 employment criteria applicable to it but in no event shall 16 such designation be terminated prior to one year after the 17 date of designation.

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"SEC. 8. Federal financial assistance under this Act shall

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ance authorized by any other provision of law.” 21

SEC, 103. (a) Clause (ii) of the last sentence of para22 graph (4) of subsection (b) of section 202 of the Housing 23 Amendments of 1955 is amended by striking out "section 24 g” and inserting in lieu thereof “section 3”.

(b) Section 202 (e) of the Housing Amendments of

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1 1955 is amended by striking out “section 9” and inserting 2 in lieu thereof “section 3”, and by striking out “50 per 3 centum" and inserting in lieu thereof “80 per centum”.

4 TITLE II—THE PUBLIC WORKS AND ECONOMIC

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DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1965

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Sec. 201. This title may be cited as the “Public Works 7 and Economic Development Act Amendments of 1971".

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SEC. 202. Section 105 of the Public Works and Eco

9 nomic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3135) is 10 amended by striking out “June 30, 1971” and inserting 11 in lieu thereof “June 30, 1973”.

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SEC. 203. Subsection (c) of section 201 of the Public 13 Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 14 3141) is amended by striking out “June 30, 1971” and in15 serting in lieu thereof “June 30, 1973”.

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SEC. 204. Section 302 of the Public Works and Eco

17 nomic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3152) is 18 amended by striking out “and June 30, 1971” and insert19 ing in lieu thereof “June 30, 1971, June 30, 1972, and 20 June 30, 1973”.

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SEC. 205. Subsection (g) of section 403 of the Public 22 Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 23 3171) is amended by striking out "June 30, 1971” and 24 inserting in lieu thereof “June 30, 1973”. 25 SEC. 206. Subsection (d) of section 509 of the Public

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