Aid to Depressed Areas

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New Effort to Help Distressed Areas

Drive to Get Early Action on Kennedy Pledge

Shaping of a new program to help put chronically depressed areas of the United States on the road to economic recovery is slated for urgent consideration by the 87th Congress. Preparations for prompt action were set in motion Dec. 4 when President-elect John F. Kennedy, moving to fulfill a campaign pledge, named Sen. Paul H, Douglas (D I11.) to head a committee to draft proposals for extending earliest possible assistance to regions long plagued by substantial unemployment.

The committee, made up of a score of business, labor and civic leaders, held an organizational meeting at Charleston, W. Va., Dec. 9, and divided itself into six groups, each to draw up recommendations in an ...

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