Emergency Relief Construction and Self-Liquidating Projects

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Provisions of Emergency Relief and Construction Act

Following a long contest between the President and Congress, the compromise federal emergency relief and construction bill under the general authorship of Senator Robert F. Wagner (D., N. Y.) was finally enacted on the last day of the session and was signed by Mr. Hoover on July 21, 1932. It provides for direct relief in the sum of $300,000,000, and for unemployment relief and promotion of business recovery by directing the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to make loans for the construction of self-liquidating projects of various kinds.

Title I of the act, for “relief of destitution,” specifies that the Reconstruction Finance Corporation is empowered to make available not more than 15 per cent of the $300.000,000 to any one state ...

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