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THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 3A Non-GOP bills shut out of debate Fri irr . 3 r- Tin 0 I r 1 aw k i ry W rmmffm V THE ASSOCIATED PRESS the flow of "soft money" contributions of unlimited size to all levels of political parties, though some make it harder for unions to raise funds for political activities-.- If, as expected, angry Demo-.", crats vote against all of them, theu bills will be killed, and election: will continue to be conducted': under the system that failed to ; prevent widespread scandals in the 1996 campaigns. ; Armey said votes on the four-GOP bills will be delayed until &tv . least 6 p.m., so that the many-'; members who will miss the de bate because they plan to be irj--New Mexico for the funeral o Rep. Steve Schiff, a Republican," can fly back in time to vote. Armey said House leader " selected the four GOP bills at A' i closed-door meeting Friday af-, ' ternoon without consultation"; with Republican reformers or any;- Democrats. u The previous evening, the' leaders had asked Shays to work' ' ' with Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif.-, who chairs the House Oversights Committee, to draft a new version of the main Republican bill. y However, Rep. John Lindeiy. R-Ga., said that when the leaders- met again Friday, they learned' that Thomas felt "that if the re-' formers are not going to go with'; the bill that he crafted for them?,:-then why put any bill on the ' floor?" " "There's a feeling that we need to do something," Lindet' said. The bills on campaign finance reform were picked in a closed-door meeting Friday. By Andrew Mollison Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau WASHINGTON House Republican leaders angered Democrats and some Republicans by revealing Friday that they plan to hold this year's entire debate on campaign finance reform Monday afternoon, using rules that won't allow consideration of any bipartisan or Democratic bills. "We had a leadership meeting and we discussed what we thought, for the overwhelming majority of our (Republican) members, was the best way to handle campaign finance reform, which was to have a vote on meaningful reform before the recess," Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said. "It's a deceitful way to proceed," said Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill. "How can there be fair and open debate if we haven't allowed people with different views to present their argument?" Four Republican bills will be considered under special procedures that limit debate to 20 minutes on a side, exclude all amendments and require a two-thirds vote to pass, said Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas. None of the bills would end President Clinton, gives a hand to South African President Nelson Mandela as they appear for a news conference Friday in Cape Town, South Africa. Mandela, Clinton at odds on making peace with U.S. foes Character of Clinton attacked A president who has cheated on his wife will 'Cheat on the people, a GOP leader says. By Christi Harlan Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau ' WASHINGTON House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, unloaded fresh criticism Friday of President Clinton's reaction to sex allegations and what DeLay called "apologies" that Clinton has offered during his Africa trip. DeLay said he was offended that Clinton has made conciliatory remarks about the U.S. role in the slave trade and its slowness to respond to genocides in central Africa. "Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the '60s," DeLay said, referring to Clinton's college-era protests of the Vietnam War while he was a student in England. "He's apologizing for the actions of the United States wherever he went," DeLay said. "It just offends me that the president of the United States is directly or indirectly attacking his own country in a foreign land. It just amazes me. "He's very quick to apologize for other people's mistakes, but he won't apologize for his own, and it comes back to character," DeLay said at up a Friday meeting with reporters in which he harshly criticized Clinton's character for the second time in little more than a week. "When you have a president, who in my opinion has cheated on his wife, he. will cheat on the American people," DeLay said. "When you have a president who can't tell the truth about his mistakes and own up to them, he won't be able to tell the truth to the American people, and he hasn't. "And when you have a president that seems to have no shame, no integrity, no dignity, that is reflected in the office, and frankly it destroys the faith of the American people in their leaders and in their government." tour, is scheduled to travel to Johannesburg today. If Mandela and Clinton harmonized Friday on the powerful symbolism of South Africa's victory over apart "PZ. Video, fTTl audio an updates at Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.com By Bob Deans Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau CAPE TOWN, South Africa Hailing Nelson Mandela's journey from political prisoner to head of state as "one of the true heroic stories of the 20th century," President Clinton paid an emotional visit Friday to the jail where the aging South African president spent nearly a fifth of his life. Earlier, the two leaders differed sharply on whether the United States should make peace with adversaries in Cuba, Libya and Iran. "This was my home," the 79-year-old Mandela said as they came to tiny cell No. 5 at the former prison, now a museum. "It was so big at the time. I don't know why it's so small now." Clinton, accompanied by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, also visited the limestone quarry where Mandela toiled with picks and shovels for much of the 18 years he spent at the infamous prison on Robben Island, 6 miles off the Cape Town coast. He praised Mandela's resilience as a triumph of the human spirit. "My first thought was to thank God that the person who occupied this cell was able to live all those years, in that way, without having his heart turn to stone and without giving up on his dreams for South Africa," Clinton said. Clinton, midway into a six-country Africa heid a harsh system of ra- "" cial separation officially abandoned in 1991 they differed sharply over the U.S. role in a changing world. Mandela used a joint press conference to deliver an unvarnished critique of U.S. diplomacy, going out of his way to highlight differences between the two countries over issues as diverse as Cuba, Libya and even the terms of trade between the United States and Africa. "At my age, I can afford to be honest," Mandela said later. Insisting that he would never "betray" countries that supported black South Africans in their fight to end apartheid, Mandela, who led that fight, defended his close ties with Cuba's Fidel Castro and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, dictators the United States has sought to isolate. "Our moral authority dictates that we should not abandon those who helped us in the darkest hour in the history of this country," said Mandela. 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