The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 7
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 7

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 THE PALM BEACH POST House budget chairman rips Scores and T1ore Check out the Sports pages for full coverage as the Lipton Tennis Tournament men s final and women's Final Four wrap up. pork' in highways legislation The falm Beach Ibst cent-per-gallon federal gasoline 5 MRA 9 if I frm- The Washington Post - WASHINGTON House Budget Committee Chairman John R Kasich, R-Ohio, Fnday denounced the $271 billion highway bill as an "abomination" of pork-barrel spending and vowed to try to cut it even as House GOF leaders closed ranks and predicted, an overwhelming victory for the .measure next week. "Frankly, this bill really is a hog; it is way over the top," Kasich told reporters. "We came to .99 52" MA 1.99 w M it Datlanar Fluah Mount fii With Light efforts to impose fiscal discipline and would complicate efforts to enact additional tax cuts. The bill would increase highway and mass transit spending by 42 percent over the next six years and exceed the spending limitations outlined in the budget deal by nearly $30 billion. But Shuster and other House GOP leaders argue that the huge boost in spending is needed to address demand for highway and bridge repairs and construction. Kasich, they said, is playing the spoiler after failing to prevail in the internal debate. The most heated dispute is over spending for special projects inserted into the bill by Shuster, with critics including several House Republicans accusing Shuster of using the nearly 1,600 individual projects to "buy votes" for his bill. Shuster has disputed this and characterized his accusers as "hypocrites" because they requested some of those projects. QUIET QUALITY FANS AT FACTORY DIRECT PRICES! I GULF COAST ' ru: nnA franHv this hill tax ana allow ine suites iu miH"3c their own taxes to fund future highway construction. But House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, predicted Friday that the highway bill would pass largely intact with nearly 400 votes and said voters in his district didn't consider the increased spending for highway projects as "pork." Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, R-M., the chief deputy majority whip, declared, "The leadership is united on this bill. By challenging the highway bill, Kasich is openly breaking with House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bud Shuster, R-Pa., after losing out in an internal Republican struggle over the size and shape of the bill. Kasich, one of the chief architects of last year's balanced budget agreement with the White House, contends that passage of the highway bill would mark a troubling departure from GOP UI Una Luvvii aiiKi t.. v... . . . - rlotnur from iZ" nor Igit 52" Blade u .99 52" taf99 32 IS a Slgliuicaui. "... where our party has been going." Kasich and a coalition of other conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats will offer - amendments on the floor to try to stride nearly $18 billion of "high- priority" highway and mass tran-' sit projects from the bill and shift : coutrol of highway spending from the federal government back to Hie states. As part of that effort, Kasich will offer an amendment ; to phase out most of the 18.4- 139 mmnj Options 52" M 9 Porch Fan S M W Damp fT HIOM PBHOHUAMCa HIOM PMWORHAHCt " rrm i "J 1 VI C-JETZHJ rlOTrYZ Woman says Brown credited first lady's money strategy IANCE i 'Ron believed that the president of the United States knew the trade missions were being sold, and their purpose was being perverted?' Yes, sir.' LARRY KLAYMAN General counsel of Judicial Watch, questioning Nolanda Hill Fraro c Air n MISSIONS FromlA an Independent counsel investigation whose scope included Brown's business dealings with . Hill. The investigation of Brown wa closed, and the material that had' been gathered was turned over to the Justice Department, which continued to probe Hill and this month decided to prosecute her. n her affidavit and in testimony given in the Judicial Watch suit; Hill said Brown told her in considerable detail about how the Clinton administration exchanged places on trade missions for contributions of $50,000 each, showed her documents to sup-rlnimed the more xrnrV MORE r MORE GH? X ITEMS CLEARANCE yv TAGGEB IN STOIE from encountering a conflict of interest when allegations of wrongdoing are lodged against the president and top officials of the executive branch. When allegations such as those made by Hill are brought to its attention, the Justice Department can examine them only to determine whether they merit further investigation. If so, the department must turn over the matter to an independent counsel. Once there is an initial finding that a credible allegation of criminal wrongdoing has been made against an individual covered by the law, a series of steps are triggered - including an initial review that can last up to 30 days and then a preliminary investigation that can carry on for 90 days. At each stage, the department must effectively prove a negative by showing there is no need for further investigation. Hill's allegations regarding the trade missions are still at the very beginning of this process as investigators attempt to determine whether there is specific evidence that a crime was committed and ,Vifttipr Hill is a credible source t . . ' operation was being directed by the White House. Under questioning by Larry Klayman, general counsel of Judicial Watch, Hill said Monday thar "ultimately he (Brown) believed that the president of the United States was at least tan-gentially" involved in the scheme, noting "it was his re-election that was at stake." Klayman then asked: "Ron believed that the president of the United States knew the trade missions were being sold, and their purpose was being perverted?" Hill responded, "Yes, sir." Hill said Brown also alleged to her that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton came up with the idea of using the trade missions as a fund-raising tool. "He initially believed that she was very instrumental, and he gave her a lot of credit," Hill testified. She also alleged that former White House deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes played a key role in orchestrating the scheme. The independent counsel process was created in 1974 in the midst of the Watergate scandal for the express purpose of preventing the Justice Department Massage La-Z-Boy Recliner-lt's a Must! $347 La-Z-Boy Chaise Recliner-A Favorite Sfje. 5397 1 """" " . . . for such an allegation, officials said. 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