In an article yesterday on the proposed $4.3 billion bipartisan recession relief program the figure for humanitarian aid for seriously distressed families should have been $300 million.
House Republicans joined the Democrats yesterday in pushing for a second installment of jobs legislation that goes beyond President Reagan's offer of $4.3 billion in "emergency" recession relief.
They indicated that follow-up legislation may include health insurance and mortgage protection for those who have lost jobs, expansion of the food stamp program, stimulus for the housing industry and money for job retraining as well as Reagan's proposal for tax credits to encourage employers to hire the unemployed.
"We have to deal with the very serious problem of the structurally unemployed . . . . We have to be out there affirmatively with some program," said House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.) after a meeting between a GOP jobs task force and White House officials.
It won't be a "budget-buster," thereby risking the president's wrath, but it will be more comprehensive than the current offer, said Rep. John N. Erlenborn (R-Ill.), head of the jobs task force.
Rather than coming in one large package, the program is likely to emerge in "one bill after another in practically every committee," said Erlenborn.
Reagan's aides listened to the proposals without indicating approval or disapproval, Erlenborn added.
He suggested that many of the proposals could be accommodated by shifting funds within the budget.
Others, such as loosening restrictions on investment of private pension funds in home mortgages, which could help stimulate the housing industry, would result in no cost increases for the government, Erlenborn added.
Many of the proposals mentioned by the Republicans also have been proposed by the Democrats for a "Phase 2" jobs program, and they go well beyond the jobs initiatives that Reagan included in his budget for fiscal 1984.
But the Republicans came out of the meeting with Reagan's aides echoing earlier GOP warnings against any major tampering with the $4.3 billion offer, which the Democrats said at one point they wanted to expand by as much as $1 billion.
The Republicans said they had revisions to propose, but described them as "minor."
Some, such as Rep. Silvio O. Conte (R-Mass.), ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, which will have jurisdiction over the initial legislation, indicated that they didn't think much of the bill anyway.
"This bill is not that beautiful . . . . I think they're really bankrupt for ideas, both the Democrats and our administration," said Conte, complaining that not enough jobs would be created.
Michel spoke more enthusiastically about the proposal, saying that proposed grants to local governments would provide "seed money" to create at least one job in the private sector for every job that is funded by the government.
In addition to meeting with House Republicans, who had been largely left out of the White House negotiations with House Democrats, top Reagan aides also met with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.), who has offered a jobs plan of his own. Hatfield was reportedly assured that his proposals would be considered.
Meanwhile, the Democrats, who along with the White House had indicated that they were anticipating a final agreement by yesterday, said it will take until next week to finish the job because of the difficulty in nailing down "technical" details.
But House Majority Whip Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.), who is spearheading the Democratic jobs effort, said the consultations are still on track and an accord is still expected.
There is, he said, "a very high order of general agreement," but acknowledged that the size of the bill is still being negotiated, along with technical details.
The proposal is expected to be incorporated into a supplementary appropriations bill, which must be passed by mid-March to continue funding unemployment benefits and farm price supports. The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to begin work on the measure next week, giving that committee's leaders a major role in shaping the package.