The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1997 · Page 16
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Salina, Kansas
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WEDNESDAY. MAY 14, 1997 WASHINGTON THE SALINA JOURNAL TARTS Agency of censorship? GOP leaders attack National Endowment for Arts By CATHERINE STRONG The Associated I'ress WASHINGTON Republican leaders renewed their attack Tuesday on the National Endowment for the Arts, calling it an agency that engages in censorship by picking winners and losers for its largesse. Rep. Dick Armey of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the House, told colleagues that a federal arts agency "smacks of censorship" and "flics in the face of freedom." Holding a dollar bill above his head. Armey said that he believed "in the freedom of expression of the arts" but that the marketplace and public opinion, not the NEA, should be the judge. Other Republicans complained the NEA serves an elite and its own bureaucracy. NEA chairwoman Jane Alexander defended the agency, telling two House subcommittees the NEA "is serving and stimulating a creative nation." Actor Alec Baldwin backed her up, testifying that NEA fellowships have nourished artists at pivotal points in their careers. When Republicans took over the House leadership in 1995, they tried to eliminate NEA funding. The effort stalled, but they cut the NEA budget by 40 percent to $99.5 million in fiscal years 1996 and 1997. The leadership wants to end all NEA funding by next year. The Associated Press House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. But Armey has acknowledged there might not be enough votes in the House to kill the agency. "If we can't eliminate this little tiny agency, (then) we can't eliminate any of the excesses that permeate our government," Rep. Cliff Steams, R-Fla., said. Democrats said the government had an obligation to fund the arts. "There is something wrong with our country when we are spending nothing on the arts and an excessive amount on de- fense," said Rep. William Clay, D-Mo. Rep. Michael Castle, R-DeL, scoffed at the idea that wiping out the NEA would have any impact on the balanced budget. Federal support for the arts was one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, he said. "That's not even on the radar screen." Republicans complained that some of the arts funded by the • agency offended their sense of morality. V ABORTION T SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS Bill would make cards secure Bill would require tamper-resistant Social Security cards By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal government would have to redesign Social Security cards to make them as tamper-resistant as U.S. passports or $100 bills, under immigration legislation being studied by the House. A more secure design would reduce the numbers of illegal aliens . who find jobs in the United States ; with the help of counterfeit docu- ; merits, the bill's author, Rep. Bill 'McCollum, R-Fla., told a House ; panel Tuesday. ; "It is simply unacceptable that ' one document that is most com; monly used to prove eligibility for employment is nothing more than • a flimsy paper document that is easily counterfeited," McCollum told the House Judiciary immigration subcommittee. McCollum said the improved card T IMMIGRATION Deportations at record pace By The Associated Press WASHINGTON— The government is deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, removing 42,426 in the first six months of fiscal 1997. The Immigration and Naturalization Service said Tuesday that , more than half of the deported immigrants -- 23,290 — had been convicted of aggravated crimes , such as murder, rape or armed robbery. Removing criminal aliens is a key agency enforcement goal, one that Clinton administration officials have been stressing in recent months amid heightened concern here and abroad that a tough new immigration law will result in massive sweeps. "There will be no mass deportations or targeting of Central Americans under this law," President Clinton assured his Central American counterparts during a visit to Costa Rica last week. "We need to remember that ; these criminal alien statistics represent more than just numbers," 'agency general counsel David Martin said Tuesday. "Each criminal alien removed means one less dangerous person on our streets." "It is simply unacceptable that one document that is most commonly used to prove eligibility for employment is nothing more than a flimsy paper document that is easily counterfeited." Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla. author of proposed bill wouldn't be used as a national identification card, an idea that has been denounced by those concerned with privacy and the amount of personal information compiled on government computers. "There are no fingerprints, retina scans or magnetic strips involved," he said. "In fact (the bill) specifies that new cards cannot be required to be carried upon one's person and does not authorize the establishment of any new databases. By making the card more tamper-resistant, the government gains no new information and the card would be used no differently that it is now." McCollum's bill has drawn fire from the Social Security Administration, however, which said the card never was intended to serve as identification. "At the time the Social Security card was initially developed in the 1930s, its only purpose was to provide a record of the number that had been assigned to the individual so that the employer could accurately report Social Security earnings," Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning Sandy Crank testified. At the direction of Congress in last year's welfare law, the Social Security Administration already is working on making a prototype of a new card that is more durable and includes security features. EVER WISHED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE WHILE STAYING HOME! Klaus, 16, from Germany, has own ^fx spending money and insurance. You provide room, board and supervision. August arrival. Over 30 countries to choose from. Call Today! 1-800-SIBLING. Visit our web site at American Intercultural Student Exchange! A nonprofit tax exempt educational foundation. 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Daschle's proposed language," presidential spokesman Mike McCurry said of a measure drafted by Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle. "We believe it's possible for the White House to support that language." Daschle drafted his bill as an alternative to a OOP-backed bill that would ban one type of late- term procedure, so-called "partial birth abortions," except in cases in which a mother's life is endangered. The alternative would impose a limited ban on all abortions after the point at which a fetus could survive outside the womb. At the same time, it would provide a broader set of exceptions than the GOP measure — applying in cases that would threaten the mother's life or risk "grievous injury" to her health. A Senate vote is expected by week's end, with numerous lawmakers publicly undecided on the issue. Clinton has threatened a veto of the GOP bill unless it takes women's health issues into account, and Republican sponsors of the measure say they are struggling to amass a veto-proof majority, as the House did earlier this year. Lawmakers failed last year to override Clinton's veto of an identical measure. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., told reporters during the day the odds of gaining a veto-proof majority this time were "less than 5050 but I think we're gaining." Whatever the outcome, Daschle's decision to plunge into the issue shows how much the debate over abortion has changed in recent years. His predecessor as Senate Democratic leader, George Mitchell of Maine, evoked cheers at the Democratic National Convention in 1992 when he promised prompt action that summer on legislation to guarantee abortion rights to women. 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