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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 20, 1979-Page 5
Blumenthal, Califano first to go
ASHINGTON (AP) - President"
te dEWeretariAsked whether he jumped before he
fano Jr. and Treasury Secretary W. jokingly: "I took advantage of the op-
hael Blumenthal yesterday in a portunity to get paroled with time off
tic shakeup at the highest level of H a rris a s r lace m en is for good behavior." He said he was con-
roubled administration . fident Miller would continue his same
eking to put a new face on his thal, whose frequent clashes with the shakeup was to "get the Cabinet economic and anti-inflation policies.
idency with a whirlwind game of members of the White House staff had and the administration ready for the A Treasury aide who requested
ical chairs, Carter: marked him as a likely prospect for 1980 elections." anonymity said Carter's decision was
Announced he will nominate ouster. Harris indicated at a news conferen- "sad and humiliating" for Blumenthal,
ricia Roberts Harris, secretary of -As long expected, accepted the ce she had no plans to change any of but predicted Miller would be well
sing and Urban Development, to resignation of Attorney General Griffin Califano's controversial policies at received by the U.S. and foreign
teed Califano, the controversial Bell, who wants to quit before the end of HEW. business communities.
etary of Health, Education, and the year. Carter tapped Bell's choice of EARLIER, IN San Francisco for a Other changes seemed imminent as
fare. Benjamin Civiletti, the deputy attorney speech, Miller said of his prospective the president continued to study the
Named Federal Reserve Chairman general, to be his successor. nomination as treasury secretary: resignations submitted by his Cabinet
William Miller to succeed Blumen- WITH HAMILTON Jordan firmly in "President Carter. in his Sunday esitnsm e hsa e
y in "residet Caand, innis Sun ay - -mmu-ca avs r

control as new White House chief of
staff, Carter was expected to make fur-
ther changes in the ranks of the Cabinet
and the senior White House staff soon.
There was no word on the future of
another Cabinet member reported to be
in jeopardy-Energy Secretary James
Schlesinger. And still another, Tran-
sportation Secretary Brock Adams, in-
dicated he might leave despite a vote of
confidence from the president.
But Bell hinted he had inside infor-
mation that more firings are in the
works. Asked if his resignation was an-
nounced at this time to make it appear
Carter's action was broader than it is,
Bell replied:
"IT'S BROAD enough. Hold on two or
three more days, you'll see that it's
pretty broad. They don't need one more
body."
Califano said Carter told him Wed-
nesday night that a major reason for

speech, called on all of us to make
sacrifices, so I'm willing to move from
a secure job to an insure job."
In his new post, Miller said, "I plan to
mobilize an arsenal of weapons against
inflation. Included in that will be efforts
to reduce this country's reliance on
petroleum as a source of energy and a
policy of monetary restraint."
Asked about his relationship with
Blumenthal, Miller replied, "We're
very good friends. Our policies have
been fairly compatible over the past
year. So I see no great break in con-
tinuity."
BLUMENTHAL TOLD a gathering of
Treasury employees he told Carter "it
was in his best interests as well as mine
that I step down as soon as possible"
and return to the private sector. In a
letter accepting the resignation, Carter
thanked Blumenthal for his "excellent
service."

Blumenthal

Harris

DECISION ON ABOR TION-FUNDING CASE EXPECTED SOON:
Judge slams legislature in Milliken suit

By BETH PERSKY
With UPI reports
Michigan Court of Appeals Presiding
Judge Robert Burns yesterday flayed
the governor and legislature for
"playing games" on the welfare abor-
tion issue and putting the court in the
middle.
Burns' remarks came near the end of
oral arguments on a suit brought by two
conservative lawmakers and others
seeking to block use of state funds to
pay for non-therapeutic abortions un-
der the Medicaid program. Burns
presided over the three-judge panel
which is hearing the case.
REP. THADDEUS Stopczynski (D-
Detroit), one of the two legislators who
initiated the suit, said he is not "playing
games."

"I don't think it's a game - it's a
serious matter," said Stopezynski.
"The only one who can make the
decision is the court."
Sen. John Welborn (R-Kalamazoo),
who also initiated the suit, was not
available for comment.
THE COURT is hearing an appeal by
Governor William Milliken on a ruling
made June 1 by Ingham County Circuit
Judge Jack Warren. The ruling
declared Milliken overstepped his
powers last September when he vetoed
an item in a bill which would have
denied state funding for Medicaid-paid
abortions. The state legislature had
allocated $1 for state-funded abortions
last year.
"HE'S (MILLIKEN) just overstep-
ped his bounds," said Stopczynski.

"The constitution reads that only a
legislator can allocate funds."
Sen. Ed Pierce, (D-Ann Arbor) who
supports state funding for abortions,
said he doesn't think Milliken overstep-
ped his vetoing power.
"I don't think so, as long as abortion
is defined as a legitimate medical ser-
vice by law," said Pierce. "To ap-
propriate $1 makes a mockery of the
law. Milliken responded to the over-
stepping of the law by legislators."
THE SOCIAL Services Bill, which
contains the welfare budget, along with
the other appropriation bills, have gone
to the governor for signing.
Pierce said he expects Milliken to ap-
ply the same veto power to abortion
funding this year as last year.
However, if the state appeals court

rules against Milliken, any veto he
makes automatically will be overruled.
Stopczynski said the case will
"definitely go to the (Michigan)
Supreme Court for a ruling. If we win
the decision, I'm sure Milliken will take
it to the Supreme Court," he said.
IF HE LOSES, he added, he will take
the case to the Supreme Court. A two-
thirds majority in the legislature is
required to override the governor on a
veto. Even if Milliken vetoes the
legislation successfully, said Pierce,
there will be an attempt to override the
bill.
"Legislators have taken a stand in
the campaign - it's very hard to
change," said Pierce. "They support
the right-to-lifers. They think it's the
politically safer thing to do."

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