The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 25, 2001 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WASHINGTON WFONFRDAY. APRIL 25, 2001 Ha T CONGRESS Democrats accuse GOP of changing rules Republicans want to make it easier for Busii to appoint conservative judges, Dernocrats say T WHITE HOUSE By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are being accused by Democrats of trying to make it easier for President Bush to fill the federal bench with conservatives by doing away with a practice that allows a single home-state senator to easily defeat any nomination. "That would look very partisan to have one rule for the Democrats and one for the Republicans," said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. At issue is the so-called "blue slip" tradition, referring to the blue-colored approval papers that senators are asked to submit on nominees for filling vacant federal judgeships in their state. When Democrats controlled the Senate, they allowed judicial nominees from Republican Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush to move forward if just one senator from a state submitted a blue slip. After Republicans took control of the Senate in 1994, new Judi­ ciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, refused to move a nomination from Democrat Clinton forward unless he had blue slip approvals from both senators. Republican Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina used the tactic to block all of Clinton's court nominees from his state. Democrats say Hatch wants to eliminate that policy so they can't block the new Republican president's nominees. There is at least one Democratic senator in 31 of the state dele­ gations. But Republicans hold a 51-50 advantage in the Senate because of Vice President Cheney's tie-breaking vote and control the nominations because Bush is in the White House. Bush is getting ready to fill nearly 100 lower court vacancies in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with the first nominations expected to head to the Senate before the end of April. "Some Democrats are itching for payback time," said Sheldon Gold­ man, a University of Massachusetts at Amherst professor and author of the book, "Picking Federal, Judges: Lower Court Selection- From Roosevelt Through Reagan.''. Leahy met with Hatch about the' possible policy change Tuesday but would not say whether he had changed the chairman's mind. "The bottom line is forjudges to. go through, you're going to have, to have the support of both senators from the state," Leahy said.- Hatch said he has been fair to • all judicial candidates. Bush defends environmental position Sierra Club leader says Bush ignoring scientists' opinions By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush said Tuesday he's committed to clean air and clean water but will "make decisions based upon sound science, not some environmental fad or what may sound good." Bush used an awards ceremony for youths taking part in environmental activities to defend his efforts to strike what he calls a balance on environmental issues against accusations he is more interested in promoting the interests of landowners and energy developers. "Ours is a policy that truly believes that technologies have • SURVEY Americans give mixed review to president Poll finds many like the job he is doing but doubt his priorities By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans approve of President Bush's performance in office, but they don't necessarily agree with his priorities or see him as someone who understands their problems, a poll says. Six in 10, or 63 percent, in the ABC-Washington Post poll approved of the job Bush is doing, while 32 percent disapproved. The public has doubts about Bush's priorities, however. By a 2-1 margin, those polled said Bush is more interested in holding down the size of government than in providing needed services. By the same margin, they thought it was more important to provide needed services than to hold down the size of government. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said the numbers are a credit to Bush's rejection of finger-in-the-wind governing. "The president does what he does because he thinks it's the right thing to do. And that's the basis on which he makes his decisions. It's called leadership," Fleischer said. Just under half — 47 percent — of the survey respondents thought Bush understands their problems while 51 percent said he doesn't. Some of the best news for Bush came in the easing fears of recession evident in this poU. People were about evenly split over the prospect of a recession. By a 2-1 margin, people thought the president cares more about protecting large corporations than about ordinary working people. PATIO Furniture MADE IN USA '^SUNFLOWER t advanced to the point where we can have economic growth and sound environmental policy go hand-in-hand," he said. In recent weeks. Bush has endorsed a treaty seeking a phase-out of a dozen highly toxic chemicals and upheld Clinton administration regulations requiring cleaner diesel fuels and BUSH engines and requirements that businesses report releases of toxic lead. But he also has reversed a campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants as a pollutant, withdrawn from a global warming treaty, rescinded new arsenic standards for drinking water and eased en­ vironmental requirements on mineral mines in the West. An ABC-Washington Post poll Monday showed only 47 percent of the public approve of Bush's handling of the enviromi ment while 52 percent said they favor protecting the environment over economic growth. The poll also said 55 percent opposed Bush's proposal to drill for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "We need to be good stewards of the land," Bush said Tuesday "But we've also got to understand that if we don't bring more natural gas to the market, we're going to have blackouts. ... We're going to make decisions based upon sound science, not some environmental fad or what may sound good." Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director, said Bush has ig- Air Conditioning Specialists BENgiSON SERVICE CENTER //iff/Ke- o^tke, Pf^e 730 N. Santa Fe • Salina • 785-823-3771 nored climatologists, biologists and the National Academy of Sciences calling for regulating C02 emissions, tightening arsenic standards and protecting endangeried species. "This administration has shown an almost unprecedented disregard for the opinions of the mainstream scientific community," Pope said. "I invite the president to allow scientists to shape his environmental policy. It would be a very different environmental policy than the one we've seen to date." When chemical dependency shuts the lUj door, nU Saint iBIl Francis HI be... mmm Hays Greenltouse Welcomes Professional Pond Contractor ERIC WOOD Come and Enjoy a Free Seminar "Ml About Ponds" Saturday, April 28th, 2 p.m. Hays Greenhouse 1327 Toulon Avenue Hays, Kansas 785-735-2888 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00-6:00 Sun. 12:00-6:00 823-7512 il125E.Crawfor <H YEN CHING Chinese Restsaurant DELIVERY 823-1685 Open 7 days a week Dine In & Carryout 540 S. Broadway 823.2089 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS • LOTIONS»MAGAZINES 11 am - 9 pm Mon. - Sal • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901 W. Grand • Salin. • (785) 823-1339 FAIR HOUSING SEMINAR April 27,2001 -1 to 5 p.m. Salina Bicentennial Center INFORMATION TO BE PRESENTED o Fair Housing - Michelle Green & Bion Vance, HUD Legal Office LEAD BASED PAINT LAW UPDATE! | o Kansas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Maria Albert, KS Dept. of Health & Environment o VISITABILITY: A New Opportunity for Neighborhoods - Betty Jo White, Kansas State University - Manhattan. o Getting Acquainted with City of Salina Neighborhood Services Judy Brengman, Dept. Coordinator Call 785-309-5745 to register. NO REGISTRATION FEE I THE SALINA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION SPLENDID, DELICATE, GRACEFUL ^ A Work Of Art, rramn C ustom FRAMING framing mtfers 121 S. 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