The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 4
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SATURDAY. MAY 23, 1998 WASHINGTON Tt IE SAUNA JOURNAL HIGHWAY BILL Congress acts to save highways $203 billion legislation boosts funds allocated for roads, mass transit By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress decisively endorsed the biggest highway and mass transit bill ever on Friday, a six-year, $203 billion package that promises to create tens of thousands of jobs and help restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure. The House passed the bill 29786 shortly after the 88-5 vote on the last major piece of business before Congress leaves for the Memorial Day recess. ..'.' President Clinton, while say- ilig the legislation should have taken a tougher stand against drunken driving, said the road- building funding would "keep our country strong and vibrant." He said he would be "pleased to sign it into lav/." : The bill increases highway funding by 40 percent over the last six-year plan, rewrites the formulas for distributing mon- e'y to help ensure that each state gets its fair share and substantially boosts mass transit spending, to $36 billion over six years. "This is a very, very solid bipartisan, bicameral, equitable bill," said Sen. John Chafee, R- R.I., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. It also includes more than $9 billion for special highway projects, a sum condemned by some as pork-barrel spending to keep lawmakers in favor back home. According to final figures, the bill provides $167 billion for highways and $36 billion for The Associated Press President Clinton speaks Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. Clinton said he is prepared to sign the $204 billion transportation bill. mass transit over the life of the program. It includes $719 million to encourage states to crack down on drunken driving, although Clinton said he was "deeply disappointed" the final version did not accept Senate language that would have penalized states not enforcing a stringent .08 blood alcohol content level for drunken driving. Backers hailed it as a major advance for the nation's safety and well-being. They cited figures that 42,000 jobs are created for every $1 billion spent on roads, and that highway improvements envisioned in the bill could save up to 10 percent of the 40,000 people killed in traffic accidents every year. "This bill is going to alleviate traffic, fill potholes and make our roads safer," said Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation Committee. But some lawmakers complained that the bill was too expensive and unfair to some states. "This package is loaded up with an incredible number of pork projects in order to drive through the House a legislative steam engine that will bust the budget to smithereens," said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis. Funds will widen U.S. 81 to Nebraska Congress' six-year plan nets state $306 million for transportation needs By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Kansas will get $1.8 billion for roads and bridges under the biggest public works program in U.S. history — including $20.85 million to widen U.S. 81 from Minneapolis to the Nebraska border. The six-year measure that cleared Congress on Friday raises the appropriation for Kansas 47 percent or $480 million from what the state received under the last highway bill. Still, the state's share — $306 million a year for six years — is $26 million a year less than what the House and Senate individual- ly had approved in March. The bill that passed Friday was produced by a House-Senate conference committee. "After all the success we had on the House side, it wasn't quite matched on the Senate side," said Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt, whose Wichita district "It's still a victory, but it's not as sweet as we had hoped for." Tiahrt's Wichita district will get $26 million for railroad overpasses to ease the bottleneck on local streets — not $35 million, as the House first decided. Instead of $110 million for specific Kansas highway projects — which originally were included by the House but not the Senate— the conference committee slashed the amount to $87.75 million. Nationwide, the total for earmarked projects fell by $2.35 bil- lion, an amount House Transportation Chairman Bud Shuster said the Senate would use to boost overall spending in individual states. Other Kansans chose to focus not on how funds shrank over the past two months, but on how spending grew from the previous transportation law to the pending one. The estimated 98 cents Kansas gets for every dollar paid in federal gas taxes would jump to $1.02. Sen. Sam Brownback said he and fellow Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts were given an additional $23.5 million and chose to boost the overall amount instead of earmarking it for individual projects. "Pat and I discussed it and believed these decisions are best made at the state level and asked that it be added into the Kansas formula," Brownback said. Brownback and Roberts replaced veteran Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum last year. The House passed the bill 297-86 shortly after the 88-5 Senate vote on the last major piece of business before Congress left for the Memorial Day recess. The passage releases the flow of federal funds that stopped when a temporary extension of the transportation law expired May 1. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., whose vast western Kansas district will get $30 million for individual projects, was elated. "Yes, the project dollars were reduced, but I don't know how you cannot claim victory when the money available for Kansas highways, roads and bridges goes up 47 percent," Moran said. T U.S. - RUSSIA T PRESIDENTIAL SCANDAL Secret Service ordered to testify Judge rules members of security agency not exempt from testimony By The Associated Press .WASHINGTON — A federal jjudge ordered three Secret Service employees to testify before a grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation, scoffing at arguments that the end result could be a presidential assassination. President Clinton complained the iijling would "have a chilling effect" on him and his successors. The decision Friday was the latest in a string of legal victories for Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth SJJirr, investigating allegations of a-presidential affair and cover-up. * In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson rejected the Secret Service's con- tention that its agents deserved a special "protective function privilege" to avoid testifying for fear that they would lose the confidence of the president if they revealed what they observed. "The court is not ultimately persuaded that a president would put his life at risk for fear that a Secret Service agent might be called to testify before a grand jury about observed conduct or overheard statements," Johnson wrote. "When people act within the law, they do not ordinarily push away those they trust or rely upon for fear that their actions will be reported to a grand jury," Johnson wrote. Her ruling granted Starr's motion to compel two uniformed Secret Service officers, Gary Byrne and Brian Henderson, and agency counsel John Kelleher, to appear before the grand jury investigat- ing the Lewinsky matter. The decision leaves the administration with several choices, including an appeal or a change in legal strategy: the president still could invoke executive privilege to try to stop the agents from testifying. . GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD I BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM I 'NOT TO BE MISSED!^, -David Arisen. NEWSWEEK MaTieEnRose' fay /iff in pink) SB.-i gli Show Dates: 6/21JE21S Thura. 5:00 7:00 Fri. 6:00 7:00 0:00 SnL 2:00 5:00 7:00 0:00 Sun. 2:00 MO 7:00 imiH.i-iiMij ..... it«nn»m.imiiiBim Toll free 1-888-825-5280 Home Awnings • Carports Business Awnings • Literal Arm Awnings Entrance Canopies • Tarps, Sun Shades Patio Covers • livestock Curtains Free Estimates , I00 w . 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The memos also show that Clinton and his advisers were told about the Justice Department's ongoing criminal probe of Loral and were sensitive to the company's plea that any delays in approval would cost it millions of dollars. On Feb. 12, just six days before the waiver was granted, National Security Adviser Sandy Berger wrote Clinton of the Justice Department concerns. 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It was the third straight day that one chamber or the other has voted by a lopsided margin to repudiate the administration on a nuclear or missile technology issue. "The administration has refused to make sanctions decisions required by existing law," said Sen- ate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R- Miss. TOhe White House renewed its veto threat. "The bill's broad scope, retroactivity and indiscriminate sanctions would undermine U.S. nonproliferation goals and objectives," the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement. Enactment of the bill "would weaken the United States' ability to persuade the international community to halt such transfers to Iran," the OMB statement added. Slight differences between the House and Senate versions must be worked out before the bill goes to the president. One difference is that the House bill would be retroactive to Aug. 8,1995; the Senate bill to Jan. 22,1998. 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