Status of War on Poverty

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Uncertain Future of War on Poverty

Proposals for New Look at Poverty Program

A pledge by President Johnson in his State of the Un ion address to press ahead with the war on poverty has failed to modify the prevailing impression that this latest offensive against an age-old enemy is coming to a standstill. “I recommend that we intensify our effort to give the poor a chance to join in the nation's progress,” the President said on Jan. 10.

But the modest increases sought in the 1968 budget, presented to Congress on Jan. 24, hardly suggest that the relatively newborn anti-poverty program is slated for vigorous growth. If Congress approves the administration's proposals, poverty program expenditures in the year beginning July 1, 1967, will total $1.9 billion ...

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