The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 6, 2001
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JTHE SAUNA JOURNAL NEVUS FRIDAY. Al^RIL 6, 2001 A3 T U.S.-CANADA RELATIONS Canadians frustrated with policies Trade disputes could erupt with resources used as weapons By The Associated Press TORONTO — In public and private, Canadian officials are expressing frustration with the Bush administration's trade policies, and some say the four years ahead could be tough for America's northern neighbor. Simmering trade disputes ^threaten to erupt into open 'warfare, with the Canadian government being urged to use T BUSH BUDGET GOP tries to reverse setback Grueling series of nonstop amendment votes began Thursday By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — still ,.,struggling for votes, Republi- 'cans conceded Thursday that the budget they plan to push through the Senate may fall tshort of President Bush's full $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax cut proposal. GOP hopes for fuUy restor- "'ing Bush's plan began to fade "j^fter their effort to win sup^ port from maverick Sen. James •Jeffords, R-Vt, seemed to flag. Jeffords' vote had been considered pivotal in the Republican effort to erase the blow the Sen^ate dealt Bush on Wednesday I. in voting^to slice the tax reduc- ?tionto$1.15 trillion. J "I've about run that string a out," Senate Majority Leader V Trent Lott, R-Miss., said of ef- • forts to satisfy Jeffords. Jef' fords has threatened to vote ; against Bush's budget because he says it would shortchange K special education to make l^oom for an oversized tax cut. Not ruling out deal Jeffords did not rule out an eleventh-hour deal, saying, "I'm always open to suggestions." But Lott acknowledged that Jeffords' resistance meant the tax number may end up being below Bush's coveted $1.6 trillion figure. "We're not in a bidding process. We're going to pass it. We're going to go to conference at whatever level the bill is at that time," Lott told reporters, referring to House-Senate bargaining on the final version of legislation. On the floor of the evenly divided chamber, senators continued working through a $1.94 trillion fiscal blueprint for 2002 that would lay the groundwork ^for Bush's proposals for cut- -5ting taxes and restraining spending. A grueling series of nonstop votes on amendments began Thursday evening and was expected to resume today, with final passage likely this afternoon. In a pair of votes, Republicans edged the tax cut number for 2002 through 2011 up to $1.28 trillion. Democrats pushed the size of a separate tax-cutting economic stimulus package the budget would allow for 2001 from $60 billion to $85 billion. Bush won one expected victory when the Senate voted to shield tax legislation later this year from Democratic procedural delays, which would have forced Republicans to muster 60 votes for passage. the nation's abundant natural resources — oil, natural gas, timber and even fresh water —as bargaining tools with a U.S. government considered protectionist and imperious. Two Cabinet ministers — Paul Martin of finance and Lyle Vanclief of agriculture — criticized U.S. policy this week, and Prime Minister Jean Chretien reportedly told his Parliament caucus Bush's government would be difficult to deal with. Chretien's office refused to comment Thursday on the caucus discussion but made no effort to deny that Chretien char­ acterized the U.S. administration as protectionist. Long-held disputes The two countries have long differed on some issues, such as Canada's relations with Cuba, but enjoy the world's largest trade relationship and strong alliances within NATO and major international partnerships such as the G-8. Despite this, Canadians resist American cultural dominance, particularly along the border where most of the nation's 30 million people live. Some Canadian protectionist policies have been eroded by the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization rulings. But now the Americans are being accused of closing doors, particularly in banning potatoes from Prince Edward Island and threatening large punitive duties on softwood lumber imports. The potato ban, raised because of a fungus, predates Bush's presidency. Vanclief told the Senate agriculture committee Wednesday he expected no immediate change from the Americans despite ongoing talks. SUPERIOR ROOFING is now teamed up with Sales Roofing and Supply. Workers compensation, bonded and insured. Residential Specialists, j When you call Superior Roofing Co., you have 50 years of combined experience working for you. You want quality at a fair price? Call Superior Roofing. We do all residential roofing and 2% commercial. Call 827-1217 for your free estimate. Superior Roofing, member of the —— Better Business Bureau and the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. MEMBEH SOUTHEAST CENTDAL > WESTERN KANSAS iiaiiitiiiaiiiiiii«iaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiii<HJiiiiiiisiiiiiiiiiiisisytiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiai)iiiai5y!M iWeDefi ^^'^NewsYouGanUse M % Salina Journal <»/ K QimntlMrmMwniinifiaiVinutim ^ |^ I I Pumping the number up I But Republicans were intent on pumping the tax number up further. Those involved said : they were trying to lure sever; al Democrats, including Sens, ^en Nelson of Nebraska, Max ^leland of Georgia and Robert I Torricelli of New Jersey Lott i said Bush had begun talking to \ Democrats. ; It was unclear, however, how • much of the tax cut they might i restore. In a Senate divided 50; 50 between the two parties, Jef' fords' defection would tip the balance toward Democrats be\ cause the only other senators likely to cross party lines are Sens. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.L, I and Zell Miller, D-Ga. i "We checked with everybody, I and we're still holding," said S Senate Minority Leader Tom ; Daschle, D-S.D. 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