Jobs, Nutrition Funds May Increase
Washington--Summer youth-employment programs would receive an additional $100 million and child-nutrition programs an additional $545.5 million in the current fiscal year under amendments to a supplemental appropriations bill passed by the Senate earlier this month.
The measure, HJ Res 492, now goes to a House-Senate conference committee. According to Congressional aides, the conferees are expected to send the bill to President Reagan as amended by the Senate on April 5.
The youth-employment amendment would boost fiscal 1984 funding for the program, which provides grants to states to subsidize public-sector jobs during the summer for youths between the ages of 14 and 21, to approximately $1.55 billion. The Administration has proposed a4number of provisions, including the payment of subminimum wages, to bring the cost of the program down to $1.3 billion.
Fiscal 1984 funding for school-lunch and other child-nutrition programs was provided for under a continuing resolution that expires on Aug. 15. The Administration-backed amendment to the supplemental funding bill would ensure continued funding for the programs through Sept. 30.
Other Senate amendments to the measure would:
Prevent the Education Department from implementing a proposed regulation regarding funding under the federal impact-aid program until the beginning of fiscal 1985.
Provide $3.4 million in the current fiscal year for historically black Lincoln University and Cheney State College.--tm