Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on Proposed Employment Legislation

March 17, 1983

The administration is pleased that the Senate has acted on emergency jobs legislation. The Senate and House bills both contain elements which are not completely satisfactory to the administration. We will continue to work with the conference committee in order to bring the final legislation closer to the guidelines originally outlined by the President.

It is important that the legislative process be concluded quickly so that the full benefits of the legislation, including payment of unemployment insurance benefits, may be readily available.