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Mammerschmidt Votes To Trim Spending Northwert ArkonwÂ« TIMES, Wed., Aug. 28, 1974 rAYETTEVILLE, A R K A N f A I Arkansas House Delegation Splits On Mass Transit WASHINGTON -- Here's how Arkansas Members of Congress were recorded on major roll call votes Aug. 15 through Aug. for construction, maintenance fares...at taxpayers' expense 21. HOUSE VOTING Rejected, 197 for and 202 against, an amendment in opposition to federal operating subsidies for mass-transit systems. The amendment sought to eliminate $6 billion in subsidy money from the Federal Mass Transportation Act (HE 12859), i measure proposing $20 billion Illic levying of unreasonably low and other mass-transportation expenses borne by communities nationwide. Supporters of the amendment argued that most of the $6 billion would benefit the largest cities, and that such subsidies arc a waste of taxpayers' money. "Operating subsidies actually encourage inefficiency, encourage transit strikes, encourage Special Judge Rules State Cannot Replace 'Mutf Jones LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Special Judge Jack L. Lessenberry of Little Rock said Tuesday state officials could not withhold the Senate salary or bring about an election to choose a successor for Sen. Guy H, "Mutt" Jones Sr. Lessenberry. an attorney, issued the order in a circuit court suit filed Aug. 22 by Jones to overturn the Aug. 1 Senate vote expelling him. Shortly after the decision, the state attorney general's' office filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Jones, fi3, of Comvay, was expelled because of his 1972 conviction on four federal felony income tax charges, including two counts of income tax evasion. The Jones case was one ol the most controversial Senate Issues in years. Lessenberry's order did not resolve all of the issues in the case, but attended, instead, to set the stage for for a final de cision in the case at the slate Supreme Court level. The opinion accompanying Lessenberry's order referred to these unsettled issues and said "Such problems are more ap parent than real. It is .believed that just respect will be accord ed this decision by those win are parties. Furthermore, a prompt appeal of this decision is expected so that a final de termination will be forthcom ing." By issuing the order, Lessen berry took the position that th court had jurisdiction in th case, although the state Con stitution designates the Senat as the sole determiner of qual flcations and eligibility of il membership. "It appears to be the bette course to accept jurisdictio and, therefore, reach the mer its providing the Suprem ourt with a complete record nd judgment," Lessenberry's )lnion said. The Senate first voted to re- uire that no expulsion motion oirid be approved unless sup- orted by two-thirds, or 24 oles, of the 35-member body. Then, on July 26, the Senate oted 21-12 for an expulsion moon, three votes shy of the umber needed for approval. Up to that point, the Senate ad conducted a formal hear- ig, had given Jones formal no- ice of the proceedings, and bad aken other steps to safeguard he senator's right to due proc- ss. But on Aug. 1, without anoth- r formal notice to Jones, the iBriate expunged the vote by vhich the expulsion motion had ailed and then voted to expel "ones. In line with that action, formal notice of a Senate vacancy lad been given to Gov. Dale Bumpers, who had notified chairmen of the respective par- .ics and had asked whether they wanted to hold primaries said Rep. Dale Mllford CD- Texas). Opponents called mass transportation an essential public service which needs federal help to stay out of debt, and said it eases the energy crisis and traffic congestion. "Riders cannot be attracted without special inducements or incentives in the form of subsidies to stabilize fares in the face of continuously soaring operating costs," said Rep Thomas O'Neill (D-Mass.). Reps. John Hanrmerschmid (R-3) and Wilbur Mills (D-2) voted "yea." Reps. . Bill Alexander (D-i; and Ray Thornton (D-4) voted "nay." TRANSIT FUNDING --Adopted, 257 for and 115 against, an amendment to HR 12B59 (above) which reduced from $20 billion to $1 Ibillion the eix-year au- transportation assistance to communities. Supporters called a "yea vote anti-inflationary and noted that President Ford had ment struck .mass transportation bill (HR 12859) language permitting states to increase the ng In weight limits allowed on irior to a general 'ill the vacancy. election to Jones' suit asked the court to order aimed a halt to proceedings at bringing about an slection to replace him. Lessenberry's opinion said "it seems the belter course to exercise the use of discretion and conclude that petitioner (Jones) possesses, and has proven, a specific legal right to his seat even though that right may be temporary." Lessenberry said no criticism could be voiced regarding the Senate's action during the July proceedings. As for whether the Senate could validly expunge the record of the July vote and revote the question "is not essential to the conclusion. promised 'to veto any authorization exceeding $11 billion. \lany supporters also felt that the "bill was too generous to ijig cities. Opponents were willing tc lower the authorization to $15.8 billion but not to $11 billion. They argued that the issue was essentially one of spending priorities rather than of inflation. Some opponents disputed the Ford economic theory that balanced budgets are anti-inflationary, saying inflation is fought chiefly by other remedies. Alexander, Hammerschmidt and Thornton voted "yea." Mills voted "nay." TRUCKS -- Adopted, 252 for and 150 against, an amendment to prevent heavier trucks from using the federal interstate highway system. The amend- Welfare Increase LITTLE ROCK (AP) Checks that were mailed this month to families with dependent children included a $5 raise per child. Social Services Commissioner James B. Cartwright said Tuesday that the staff calculated U.S. interstate network. States would have been able to raise the present interstate limits from $8,000 to 20,000 pounds on a single axle and, from .32,000 to 34,000 pounds'.on'-a tandem axle. Supporters cited safety factors. "There is not a truck in this country which is obeying the 55-mile-an-hour limit," say Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio). "They will blow one off the road if one is "gains 50 miles an hour," Hays added that members could vote against the amendment, "but you . be ireparod, because your consti- .uents will know about it." Opponents noted :that mosi states already- permit-tihigher- ;han-federal weight limits -on their own highways, and prgued that divergent federal and stat limits make it difficult to route and regulate truck traffic. Rep William Harsha (H-Ohio) said "It makes little sense to im to deny the use of the inter slates which are built to stand ards to handle traffic of thi weight." Thornton voted "yea." Alexander, Hammerschmid and Mills "nay 1 IMPEACHMENT REPORT-Accepted, 412 for and thrc against, the filing of the Hous Judiciary Committee repor which underpinned the commi tee's votes recommending 'tha President Richard Nixon be im peached by the House. The his narrative of Watergate-relate events and evidence presente for and against the President cas. It was "accepted" by th House as distinguished from "approved." Members consk red the report essential to his- iry's understanding of why i.xon resigned the presidency. Voting against acceptance ere Reps. Earl Lanrigrebe (R- nd,), Sonny Montgomery (D- :iss.) and Otto Passman (Da.). : The 19 members not voting nderson (R-lll.), Les Aspin D-Wis.), John Blatnik (Dlinn.), Frank B i a s c o D-N.Y.), John Davis (D-Ga.), V.J. Bryan Dorn (D-S.C.), Bill _ u n t e r (D-Fla.), Richare] Hanna (D-Calif.), Julia Hanseii D-Wash.), F. Edward Hebert D-La ), Phil Landrum (D-Ga.), Delbert Latta (R-Ohio), Clem IcSpadden (p-Okla.), Luclen Â·J e d z i (D-Mich.), Bertram Podell (D-N.Y.), John Rarick D-La,), John Rooney (D-N.Y.) Bill Stuckey (D-Ga.) and Lionel Van" Deerlin '(D-Calif.). ''All ' o t h e r House member! 'oled to accept the report. SENATE VOTING Rejected, 37 for and 5c against, an amendment to cu Sl.l billion from the fiscal 107! defense appropriations bill reducing it from $82.1 billl.oi to $81 billion. Sen. Thomas Eagleton (D Mo.), the sponsor, said naliona security would not be harmei because the cut would attac "waste and mismanagement by the Pentagon. He said hi amendment would also comb: inflation. Opponents noted that $82. billion was $5 billion below th White House request of $87. billion. The bill represents "on of the tightest defense budgej we have had in years,..," sai Sen. John Stennis (D-Miss.). Sen. J.W. Fulbright (D) vote 'yea.' Sen. John McClellan (D oted "nay." CONSUMER AGENCY -ejected, 59 for and 35 against, move to close debate apd ircc a vole on Ihe bill (S 707) i establish the Agency for Con- umer Protection, a body with ower lo speak for the consu- ler lo business and other federal agencies. A two-thirds majority was needed to kill the filibuster. The House-passed legislation is expected to die lliis session if the fourth and f i n a l attempt to break the filibuster, scheduled for mid-September, is unsuccessful. The proposed a'gency, having legal 'teeth, Is Ralph Nader supported by" and Common" Cause and opposed by such or-; ganizalions as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Gro; eery Manufacturers of America, F u l b r i g h t a n d McClellan voted "nay." COUNT DOWN AUGUST 31st ABSOLUTELY OUR LAST DAY IN THE FURNITURE BUSINESS. All Sales Final -- Bring Your Own Truck DAYS LEFT ONLY TO SAVE AS MUCH AS 80', 0 ff Steles, 41 East Center that the agency's budget could bear the increase. The increase raised the monthly payments by about $354,000, but the state pays onlS' about $89.000 of the amount. The federal- government pays 75 per cent of the costs. The increase raised the Â·grants by more than 10 per cent. The grants to the families of 70.878 children this month to- talled $3,214,000. 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