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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 2, 1979-Page 3
Dole endorses aid to Chrysler

Special to the Daily
DETROIT-Despite his crusade
against government involvement in the
private sector, Republican presidential
hopeful Sen. Robert Dole (Kansas)
yesterday endorsed efforts by
executives of the financially-troubled
Chrysler Corp. to obtain federal loans
and tax credits.
Repeating the philosophy standard
among many Republican candidates
-that government regulation and in-
terference has fueled inflationary
fires-the Kansas legislator pointed to
Chrysler's difficulties as a rare case in
which federal aid was necessary to
avoid economic peril.
"I DON'T WANT to do it as I'm
against this kind of government par-
ticipation in the affairs of the, private
sector, but I do believe government
should do something this time because
it affects so many people," Dole said.
Tightroping between domestic and
foreign issues-not to mention the ever
congious political climate-the 55-
year-old candidate spoke before a
mostly friendly audience at the Detroit
Econimic Club at Cobo Hall; Dole

presented a package of economic
proposals designed to "rebuild a
productive economy.'
He gave strong support to a con-
stitutional amendment to "cap both
federal taxing and spending at 18 per
cent of the Gross National Product,
emphasizing the inclusion of an
emergency clause in which a two-thirds
majority of Congress could permit ad-
ditional spending beyond that limit in
recessionary times.
"BUT TO SETTLE for anything less
than such an amendment, in the face of
growing special interest group power,
weakened political parties and a men-
tality that equates a federal printing
press with a strong currency, would
only encourage the relentless trend
toward concentrating counter produc-
tive levels of the national wealth-in
Washington," the senator insisted.
Reverting to less committal positions
on other domestic and foreign affairs,
the 1976 Republican vice-presidential
nominee said he is still undecided about
SALT II, and that he's unclear how
serious a threat the presence of Russian
troops in Cuba presents to the U.S.
Butregardless of that situation's
seriousness, the senator expressed
disappointment at the Carter ad-

ministration's inability to clearly
present the picture to the American
"IF IT'S A serious problem, I want to
know why and if it's artificial, let's hear
all the facts," he said.
While he may have been cautious in
his foreign policy platform, the former
Republican Party chairman of pre-
Watergate days was much more can-
did about his political future. Ap-
pearing confident but realistic in a
morning news conference, Dole-who
lags behind four other Republican can-
didates in the early polls-put heavy
emphasis on his showings in Iowa and
New Hampshire, the first two states of
significant political activity.
"If we do well in Iowa, and finish first
or second in New Hampshire, that will

be a big plus. And I think we will do well
in those twostates," he said.
question about the powerful appeal of
Ronald Reagan, Dole admitted that
strong Reagan victories in those two
states would just about clinch the
nomination for the 68-year old gran-,
dfather of the Republican Party.
And when he turned to the.
Democratic Party, there was no,
question as to who he was a
dressing-Massachusetts Senator Ed,
ward Kennedy. Dole predicted that a
Kennedy nomination was almost a cer-
tainty, and that he was the most
qualified to face him because of his long ;
experience in the Senate.


Daily Photo by CYRENA CHANG
V. ROBERT DOLE (R-Kansas) spoke kin favor of federal aid to the
ysler corporation yesterday before the Detroit Economic Club.

senate votes to cut

pay increase

WASHINGTON (AP)-The Senate overwhelmingly
passed an emergency measure yesterday designed to
keep the government fully functioning and to revoke
a 12.9 per cent pay raise for members of Congress
and other top-level federal employees.
The approval, on a 77-9 vote, put new pressure on,
the House to return from its week-long vacation so
that congressional action can be completed.
HOWEVER, THERE was no assurance the bill
cpuld be passed even if the House went back to
work-an action House officials said would not hap-
pen until next week.
,The House wants stronger language on federal fun-
ding of abortions than is in the Senate bill.
It also wants the 12.9 per cent pay hike scaled back
to 5.5 per cent. But the Senate bill would cut it back to
5.5 per cent for 22,000 top bureaucrats and eliminate
any increse for congressmen and senators.
, NOTHING CAN be done bout the 12.9 per cent pay
hike some 900 federal judges automatically received
yesterday because the Constitution prohibits
reducing the salary of a sitting judge. ,
The bill would provide operating funds for some of
the nation's biggest government agencies-including
the Defense Department and the Department- of

Health, Education and Welfare-which technically
ran out of money when the new fiscal year began at
midnight Sunday. For now, the departments are get-
ting by on money left over from the fiscal year that
ended Sunday.
The House had attempted to write strict limitations
on abortion funding into an earlier version of the fun-
ding bill-limitations the Senate has rejected
repeatedly. That, together with the pay raise and the
House's decision to recess, prompted enraged
senators to kill the earlier bill.
AS A RESULT, a new fiscal year began yesterday
with no decision by Congress on operating funds for
major government agencies-the Housing and Urban
Development, Labor, Agriculture and Transpor-
tation departments, in addition to Defense and HEW.
Authority for those departments to disburse funds
technically expired at midnight Sunday when the new
fiscal year started.
However, House and Senate officials indicated the
departments had enough funds left over from the
just-ended fiscal year to keep functioning for at least
a week or so, although some programs might be im-
HEW OFFICIALS said the impasse would have no
effect on the Supplemeitary Security Income cheeks

G.M. halts 1980 airbag installation

Motors Corp. said yesterday it will nbt
put air bags in some of its cars next
year - 12 months ahead of schedule -
because small children could be injured
by the devices.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) criticized the
decision, saying GM was acting on
fragmentary evidence.
GM ORIGINALLY had planned to
begin introducing -air bags, which in-
flate automatically in a crash to protect
the occupants, in its 1981-model cars.
That would have been one year ahead
of the start of a three-year phase-in or-
dered by the government which will
lead to requiring air bags or automatic
seat belts in all cars by 1984.

The Supreme Court Monday upheld
the legality of that government
program by refusing to hear arguments
in a suit brought by two groups which
had challenged the air bag decision.
IN A LETTER released Monday, GM
told the Transportation Department ex-
tensive testing of the air bag has turned
up, "the potential risk of injury to
unrestrained small children."
"We have determined from a study of
accident statistics and our inflatable
restraint test result that unrestrained
small children who would otherwise
survive an impact without significant
harm could, by reason of the
deployment of the restraint itself, be
exposed to serious injury," it said.
Children "might be exposed to in-

flation forces capable of producing
significant injury," said Betsy Ancker-
Johnson, vice president of GM's en-
vironmental activities staff.
BUT JOAN Claybrook, administrator
of NHTSA, criticized the GM action.
"The scope of the problem raised by
GM, even if it is valid, is very narrow
and does not in any way detract from
the large number of lives that will be
saved by this system, including the
lives of many children," she said at a
news conference.
GM's decision based on animal tests
"is fragmentary and speculative,"
Claybrook said. She called on the
nation's largest automaker to come for-
th with more detailed evidence if a
serious problem with regard to children
GM said it now hopes to offer driver's
side airbags sometime in 1981 and
passenger side restraints in 1982.

Cinema II-Marilyn Monroe night, Some Like It Hot, 7 p.m. only;
The Misfits, 9:15 only, Nat Sci Aud.
Cinema Guild-Little Big Man, 7,9:45 p.m.; Old Arch Aud.
Lesbian Advocate's Office/Student Legal Services-Organizing Effec-
tive Actions Workshop, 7 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Music School-University Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Meier, conduc-
tor, 8 p.m., Hill.
Musical Society-New York City Opera Theatre (in English), "Gianni
Schicci" and "I Pagliacci," 8 p.m., Power Center.
Second Chance-Benefit Jam Session featuring local and national ar-
tists. Proceeds to the 1980 U.S. Olympic Teams, 9 p.m., 516 E. Liberty.
Health Services Research-Richard G. Cornell, Ph.D., Irving Feller,
M.D., "Evaluation of Emergency Medical Services with a National Burn
Registry," 4-5:30 p.m., 1608 Mott.
Bioengineering Program-Les Rogers, "Gamma Ray Tomography
''with Time Coded Apertures," 4-5 p.m., 1042 E. Engin.
Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies-Richard Mitchell,
"The Mideast Today," noon, 5208 Angell.
Dept. of Mathematics-Prof. Benedict Gross,. Princeton University,
Colloquium, 4 p.m., 3212 Angell.
Science Research Club-James H. Thrall, M.D., "Exciting New
Developments in Nuclear Medicine;" Robert Van Der Voo, Ph.D., "Paleo-
Magnetism and Oceans in the Past," 7:30-10 p.m., Chrysler Adult Education
Center, North Campus.
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