The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware on June 26, 1979 · Page 44
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44 The Morning News, Wilmington, Dol., Tuesday, Juno 26, 1979 Senator commits Capitol offense Hs TKRKM'K HI NT WASHINGTON uM'i Sni l.oi'll Wt'iikfi' brought I he Svnate to a halt today by calling Republican tolloasut' John Ht'liU "ait idiot" and "devi ous It was. a rare outburst in a chamber u here senatorial courtesy dictates that members characterize each other with such decorous adjectives "distinguished colleagues" and "Kood friends. " Obvioush antiry. Hein responded by involkinn a seldom-used rule that forced Weicker to si! down and stop talking. With that, the Senate debate on a $13.9 billion supplemental appropriation bill stopped until Majority Leader Robert Byrd was able to work out a truce and Set both men to shake hands. Details of the outburst were stricken from the Congressional Record, but here's what happened . Weicker. a Connecticut Republican, proposed an amendment to prevent the government from underwriting a $63.5 million loan for the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. to build a rail mill in Hem' homestate of Pennsylvania. Weicker called the loan guarantee a government bail-out and interference in free enterprise, Colorado Sen. William Armstrong supported Weicker's amendment and suggested it would give an unfair advantage to Wheeling-Pittsburgh at the expense of a western competitor, Colorado Fuel and Iron. Heinz then asked Weicker if the Colorado firm was a subsidiary of a Connecticut corporation. And that's where the trouble started. Weicker apparently saw that as a question of his motive in sponsoring the amendment. He said he didn't know, and that it would not make any difference anyway. v Later, Weicker said he determined that the Colorado firm was the subsidiary of the New York-based Crane Corp., not a Connecticut corporation, al though the president of Crane lives in Connecticut. Then, he turned to Heinz sitting in the rear of the chamber and declared "When a member substitutes innuendo for fact or the persuasion of logic ... he is either an idiot or devious and the senator from Pennsylvania qualifies in both ways." Heinz jumped from his seat and objected, but Weicker refused to yield the floor. Heinz then grabbed a Senate rulebook and stormed to the Senate president's desk to cite Rule 19. It reads: "No senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator." "Play with style!" E SDORT by Coty Sfxjy Cotogn Concentrate 1 oz M.75 Spray Cologne Concentrate 2.25 oz $4.75 Cologne Concentrate 2 oz $5.50 Periumed Dusting Powder 4 oz $5.00 ECEiEBfD DiiUGS Budget plan may ax revenue sharing K MICHAKI. J. SNTFKKN WASHINGTON (AP - President Carter's budget managers are contemplating cuts of up to 3n percent in the federal revenue sharing program that pumps $.! tu'hun a year to 39.t0 state and local governments, administration sources said yesterday i i' tier changes also are under consideration as the administration begins preparing major legislation to re-enact the 7-year-old program that expires Sept 30. The sources., who declined to be identified publicly . said the options include F.liminating the $2.3 billion share that now goes to state governments, or building in a sliding scale of stale payments Revising the formula by wh.ch the money is distributed to reduce the share that goes to very prosperous areas Coupling the program with a much smaller emergency fiscal assistance program for areas with high unemployment. F.liminating revenue sharing entirely unless the federal government runs a budget surplus. Two sources said that these options are included in an Office of Management and Budget paper drafted a month ago as the administration began to prepare a budget for the 1981 fiscal year. Tieing the program's future to federal surpluses, nicknamed surplus sharing," was discounted by one administration source. important people in this administration, including OMR and .Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal favor .substantial reductions in the program and that will trigger a fight," this source said "But surplus-sharing isn't sensible economic policy." Normally only a booming economy could produce federal surpluses, and the federal government then would want to reduce rather than expand aid to state and local governments to avoid f.ieimg inflation. The OMR will send the Treasury its first budget targets this week, but will include no revenue sharing figure at this point, one source said. 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