THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Congress slow on civil rights
WASHINGTON (M) - HEW
Secretary Joseph Califano Jr.
said yesterday that civil rights
leaders who have criticized the
Carter administration should
aim some of their fire at Con-
gress, where he said there is
an "anti-desegregation" mood.
"You must go to Capitol
Hill and make your interests
understood," the secretary of
health, education and welfare
told the National U r b a n
League's annual convention.
THE CARTER administrat-
OPEN 11 A.M.
tion has come in fo criticism
at the convention for what some
black leaders have said is ad-
ministration indifference to the
problems of blacks, though
black voters gave their over-
whelming support to Carter in
last November's election.
Califano said Congress has
attempted in recent weeks to
insert three anti-desegregation
measures in the appropriations
bill that will provide funds for
HEW operations next year.
One measure was defeated in
a last-minute fight by the Car-
ter administration but two oth-
ers succeeded and soon will be-
come law, he said. One of the
measures, limiting HEW's au-
thority to conduct school deseg-
regation surveys, was adopted
"AS YOU sat here yester-
day," Califano told the dele-
gates, "that language was ap-
proved on Capitol Hill."
The Urban League is a pre-
dominantly black organization
interested in civil rights and
"You shout at the White
House now because the people
who live there will listen," the
secretary said. "They were
deaf for eight years of Repub-
CALIFANO URGED his audi-
ence "to speak to the Congress
He said the measure adopted
Tuesday prohibits HEW's Of-
fice for Civil Rights fro;n ask-
ing any questions about race
in surveys designed to monitor
the progress of school desegre-
However, a stronger measure
that would have barred any
civil rights survey of schools in
the upcoming academic year
was dropped from the bill after
the committee received Cali-
fano's assurance that the de-
partment won't conduct such a
survey for 1977-78.
HEW officials said the survey
conducted last year had been
delayed and another survey six
months later would only be du-
(hursoay, July 28, 1977
Social Security aid
prog ram rejected
WASHINGTON W) - The Gaylord Nelson, (D-Wis.), who
enate Finance Committee yes- heads the panel's Social Secur-
erday rejected President Car- ity subcommittee, agreed.
er's plan to use income tax
evenues to help prop up the CARTER WANTS to use $14
cial Security system. illion from income taxes to re-
Tcia ecuitn y asystem. teplace Social Security payroll
The decision, by an 11-3 vote, taxes that were lost because of
sakes It almost certain that high unemployment during the
eyrell taxes will be raised recent recession.
gain to prevent Social Secur-rUntesson y
ty from ging bankrupt. Unless some more money is
found for Social Security, the
CONGRESS IS expected to fund providing benefits for dis-
ecide later this year whether abled persons is expected to be
o place most of the added depleted in 1979, with the main
urden on employers or to split retirement fund expected to be
he cost between employers and bankrupt by 1982.
Regardless of how the prob- Each year, the population of
em is solved, said Sen. Rus- India increases by more than
ell Long, (D-La.), chairman of 13 million.
he committee, there is no way
'ongress will allow Social Se- THE MICHIGAN DArIY
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