Legislation: No Help Wanted

It was designed as both a conservation program and a job-training measure. Approved overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, the bill would have provided $225 million for an American Conservation Corps, patterned after the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps, to employ up to 37,000 teen-agers on federal property. Supporters said it would help reduce the nation's 18.8% teen-age unemployment rate. To President Reagan, however, the measure represented a "discredited approach to unemployment." In vetoing the bill last week, he stated, "America's unemployed youth would be better served by reducing federal spending...

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