The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 2, 1979-Page5
AMENDMENTS ANNOY SENA TE LEADERS
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House
approved legislation giving President
Carter standby gasoline rationing
authority last night, but the bill was in
such a heavily amended form it instan-
tly produced a congressional deadlock.
Congressional leaders said despite
House passage by a 263-159 vote, there
now appears little chance of enacting a
bill acceptable to the president until af-
ter Labor Day.
AMENDMENTS added during House
floor debate were expected to be rejec-
ted summarily by the Senate and a
House-Senate conference committee
WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Volcker
was given a unanimous endorsement by
the Senate Banking Committee yester-
day to be the new chairman of the
Federal Reserve Board.
At the same time, the Senate Finance
Committee voted its approval of G.
William Miller to be the new secretary
of the treasury.
THE FULL Senate is expected to vote
final confirmation for both Carter ap-
pointments tomorrow. The committee
votes were unanimous and made with
Volcker, 51, who has been president
of the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, will succeed Miller as chairman
of the Federal Reserve Board.
Miller, 54, is leaving to replace in the
treasury post the ousted W. Michael
Blumenthal, a victim of Carter's recent
Prior to the Senate Finance Commit-
tee vote on Miller, Sen. Robert Dole,
(R-Kan.), told a reporter he had found
"absolutely nothing" in a Securities
and Exchange Commission report to
cause him to question the Miller ap-
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named to work outa compromise.
Chances of reaching that com-
promise today, the last day before a
month-long congressional recess
begins, "would be very difficult," said
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who
managed the bill on the House floor.
White House officials chose to
disregard the missed timetable for get-
ting the bill to Carter's desk and instead
in a statement said the House bill was
"a good beginning, but we have a long
way to go."
BUT AS amendment after amen-
dment was affixed to the bill - many
having little to do with rationing -
chances that Congress could produce a
rationing bill acceptable to the
president by the end of the week
As the House struggled to complete
work on the bill, Sen. Henry Jackson
(D-Wash.), chairman of the Senate
Energy Committee, predicted an im-
passe, saying the Senate would not ac-
cept some of the amendments.
Among amendments added yester-
day was one by Rep. Thomas Tauke,
(R-Iowa), to require that the gover-
nment establish a special tractor fuel
reserve for farmers. It passed 229-191.
THEN THE House voted 233-187 to
establish a similar set aside for heating
oil in cold-climate states.
The overall bill would give the
president the power to impose gas
rationing during a severe fuel shortage.
It would also allow the president to set
and enforce energy conservation
targets for each state.
Leaders still said they would try to
get the bill to Carter's desk by tonight
- when Congress begins a month-long
recess - but doubted whether this
timetable could be met.
JACKSON SAID a House-Senate con-
ference would have to try to iron out a
He said one major House amendment
in particular - repealing part of the
month-old- program requiring ther-
mostats to be set at 78 degrees in the
summer and 65 degrees in the winter -
would "absolutely not" be accepted by
The president has made standby
rationing authority a key part of the
new energy plan he unveiled on July 15.
HOUSE DEBATE included bitter
partisan battling on the floor, in which
the House's 159 Republican members
showed near-unanimity in nearly every
Although the bill's sponsors fought off
most GOP-sponsored amendments, a
number managed to draw enough
Democratic support to be adopted -
including those weakening the ther-
mostat-setting law and establishing the
diesel-fuel set-aside for farmers.
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