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The Nation

The Administration, already embroiled in a bitter dispute over affirmative action hiring rules, said that it supports a $20-billion federal program to aid companies owned by minority members and women. “The Administration position is that we agree with the set-aside program,” White House spokesman Larry Speakes told reporters. The program sets aside a part of federal contract money for businesses owned by minority members and women. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has called for suspension of the program.


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