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June 9, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 3

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Congress Still Grinding Out Laws Northw«»t Arkonmt TIMES, Sun., Jun* 9, 1974 ARKANSAS Watergate Slows, Not Stalls W/iee/s Of Government By KICIfARD J. MAUY TIMKS Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - Watergate · ml the presidential impeachment probe have slowed -- hut not stalled -- the wheels of the federal government. Congress is still grinding out laws, while it wails with a mix- tui'c of fear and anticipation, the coining vote on impeaching President Nixon. An army el federal bureaucrats are busy each day shuffling papers, administering the laws, collecting and spending vast amounts of your lax dollars. Nervous and d r a w n , oflen stumbling over his words, the president regularly goes through ritual public ceremonies at the White House. Government leadership has been the chief casualty of the preoccupation with Watergate and impeachment. There simply is no firm leadership being shown by the While House, Congress, or by top government aides. This shows up in the absence of any coherent pro grams to denl with such pressing problems as inflatioi and energy. Yet, day after day. the wheels, of government keep turning with a momentum of their own The events which took place here one day recently were typical of present pace o government in the nation' capital. It was a day when the president went on national tele fision with a major foreig policy announcement, when Congress slapped the presiden by voting overwhelmingly lo ontinue a program he wauled kill, and when do/.cns of cderal agencies spewed out iundreds of announcement bout their activities. DAY BEGINS The day began, as it always does here in this metropolitan area of three million people, ith about a quarter of a nillion civil servants arriving at their federal offices by ear and bus. Work hours are .lafigereri here, with Pentagon employes beginning as early as 7 a.m. and other agency workers reporting as lale as 9 a.m. On Capitol Hill most con- ressmen are in their offices iy 9 a.m.. but their real work doesn't begin wilil 10 a.m. when the various legislative com- niUees meet. On this day there were a total of 39 House and Senate committee. 1 ; meeting to consider legislation on such diverse subjects as tax reform and energy. Six of the panels were appro prialions subcommittees dealing with various aspecls of the $30 billion federal budget for the 1975 fiscal year which Ihe presi dent had submilled lo Congress hack in January. On Itiis day two organizations the prestigious Brookings Insti tntion and the Democratic Study Group composed o liberal and moderate Housi members, had by coincidenci both issued lengthy document analyzing the president's pro posed budget. Both were eriti cal of the emphasis on increasec defense spending and the ab sencc of funding for social pro grams. Congressional committees meet endlessly lo hear testimony and debate the budget every year -- and every year hey fail lo make any subslan- ivc changes in Ihe spending ilan proposed by the chief executive. Congress has failed to ict on a budget reform mea- ;ure, which would give it better ools to deal with the spending plan, and this year again no real changes will be made in he White House budget proposals. DAILY BRIEFING W h i l e the congressional committees w e r e meeting. Assistant Presidential Press Secretary G e r a l d Warren ;tepped to the microphone in the White House briefing room at II a.m. for his daily meeting wilh correspondents. He announced that at noon Mr. Nixon was swearing in old friend, businessman K e n - neth Rusti, as the new White House counselor for economic policy. Rush has the impossible task of trying to do something about runaway inflation and the business downturn -- twin prob Jems reflected later that das in a 20-point dive hy the stock market and a Commerce DC partment announcement t h a i business took a downturn dur ing the previous month. The correspondents starlet asking Warren about Mr Noxon's refusal to make a t i j more evidence available to th( courts or to the House Judicial 1 ] Committee's impcachmen inquiry. It would be wrong t draw an inference of guil because of Mr. Nixon's stone Jackson Proposes Amendment To Procurement Bill WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Scnalc is to vole Tuesday on a proposal by Sen. Henry M. Jackson that the secretary of defense be authorized to ban sale to Communist countries of goods and technology that could boost their military capability. .Jackson. D-Wash., introduced the measure Friday as an amendment to the $21.8 billion authorization bil for military weapons procurement. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield deferred floor action "n the proposal, saying it was "most momentous" and Congress should have the views of the President, the .iccrslary of state and other officials concerned with foreign trade before proceeding. Jackson said export licenses under the export control act currently are administered principally by the Commerce Department, with the State and Defense Departments and other agencies making only a casual review. "The Soviet Union is making a concerted effort lo acquire our most sophisticated tech nology at minimum cos 1 ,," hi said. Mansfield said he though Jackson's amendment won I give the secretary of details "extraordinary power and den grate the Congress and the sec retary of stale." In response t floor debate comments. Jack son modified the amendment t provide that the Prcoi would review any decision b the secretary. walling tactics, Warren told the eporters. But Ihe Judiciary Committee, hich that day completed its jok at Watergate evidence, had s slaff write a letter to the Vhite House saying it was orced lo infer the evidence Mr. iixon refused to surrender ould prove Ihe president uilty. During the briefing it was so announced that the presi cut had made a number of ppoinlments, including nomi- ation of Francine Neff, 48, of \lbuquerque, as treasurer ol he United States, a ceremonial »st traditionally heltl by oman. POVERTY BIU. Meanwhile on Capitol Hill Ihe {ouse had gone into session a' loon to debate, and finallj iass, 331 to 53, a bill continuing be war on poverty for three ears at a cost of $3.7 billion 'his was a sharp rebuff to Mr. Nixon, who has been trying lo ears. In the middle of the Housi lehate, Mr. Nixon went on T\ o announce Secretary of Slat rfenry Kissinger hail f i n a l l j icen able lo a r r a n g e a disen 'agcment of Arab-Israeli force m the Golan Heights in tin roubled Middle East. He lookei ired and had trouble reading he announcement. All during the day the vtirioui cderal agencies were at work 3ne problem (hey were- dealinj with was energy. At Ihe U.S. Department of Commerce there was a day-long meeting of an advisory group . r y i n g ' l o come up with ways nduslry could cut down on its use of energy. At the Interior Department there was an announcement that another 1/1 million acres of oil-rich land off Texas was available for leasing to oil companies. Also on the energy f r o n t , the Federal Power Commission and Interior Department jointly announced they will he looking carefully at the cnvironmenta" impact of plans to pipe natural gas to the U.S. from new Alaskan fields. N o less . than three congressional committees this day were wrestling with energy problems, but not making inucl: headway. Kvidencc of the lea Icrship drill on this question . that, aflcr eight months of alk and hearings. Congress still las not been able lo act on my energy legislation of sub- lance. SPKNDINO C O N T I N U K S Other agencies were aclive spending your money. The POJI- tagon announced this day the iward of a dozen conlrucls for everything from bombs to military aircraft til a cost of $40.2 million, The Department of Housing and Urban Development made £5 funding gntnls .his d a y ; ranging from $4Q,fKl[ Monlgomery, Ala. fot planning studies lo S9.9 million [or an urban renewal project in Iowa City. The regulatory agencies held hearings on everything from radio station licenses requsfs For electric rale creases. And the Federal Trade Commission announced it hac ordered a carpet retailer Springfield, Va. to cease decep live sales practices. There were many personne changes t h i s day in the govern ment. One was tile announce ment lhat Aclm. Owen W. Silcr 52, had been promoted t commandant of the 38,DOfl-mem her U.S. Coast Guard and would hold the post for the nexl four years. Starling about 5 p.m. the pase began to slacken in Washington on this day. Bureaucrats left their offices and headed home n tile evening rush hour. On Capital Hill Ihe Senate completed discussion of a fore- 'gn aid bill and adjourned at 5:30 p.m.; however the House remained in session until 7:30 ;i.m. when it quit for the day. Mr. Nixon spent the evening on a d i n n e r cruise on the Poto- m;ic aboard Ihe presidential I preserving the institution of :ie presidency, and of protcct- ng it from passions of the nomenl. This poignant plea, from the irst president in -more than a century lo face impeachment, perhaps was the best evidence of the day of how the vitality of the federal government has been sapped by Watergate and its aftermath. The TIMES It On Top of The Newt Seven Days a We»kf IXPIKT WATCH ·WV St. yacht. He work to do -- . perhaps the most important of the day for him. 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