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Saturday, June 24, 1972

l'age Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, June 24, 1972

Ribicoff blasts Nixon
welfare reform move
WASHINGTON (/P - President Nixon's rejection of a com-
promise welfare reform plan has probably signaled the death of the
proposal in 1972, Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.) declared yes-
Ribicoff, the rallying point for compromise efforts in the Sen-
ate, said as a result of Nixon's press conference remarks Thurs-
day "the prospects for reforming our nation's welfare mess are
growing dimmer."
"A large group of Republicans and Democrats remain com-
mitted to passage of worthwhile welfare legislation," he said in a
statement. "Without the President's support, however, welfare re-
form is dead."
Later yesterday, Elliot Richardson, secretary of health, edu-
cation and welfare, issued a statement sharply disagreeing with
"To speculate that a welfare bill is dead before committee ac-
tion is completed and weeks before Senate floor consideration
strikes me as.unduly negative and pessimistic," Richardson said.
"This administration has fought for welfare reform for three years;
we are not about to quit now."
He urged proponents of welfare reform "to redouble their ef-
Nixon said at his news conference that he preferred to stick
with his own welfare plan-including a $2400 income ceiling for
a family of four-which he called "the middle position."
He said the more generous Ribicoff proposal would be more
costly and would "move in the direction that I think the country
does not want."
The President met a week ago with several of his cabinet of-
ficers to discuss the possibility of an administration compromise
and found some support of the idea.
The Senate will fight out the issue of welfare reform when the
Social Securit -Welfare bill is debated, possibly beginning in July.
At the time, it will be confronted with three different plans
for welfare families with dependent children:
* The Nixon proposal contained in the bill as it passed the
House a year ago. Its main features are the $2,400 guaranteed
minimum income and federal payments for the working poor.
* A tough Workfare plan adopted by the Senate Finance
Committee which rejected the President's proposal. This would
impose strict work requirements on the adults in the welfare fami-
lies, mostly mothers.
" The Ribicoff proposal, a more liberal version of the Nixon
plan. It would start the guaranteed income at $3,000 and boost it
to $4,000 in five years and provide for a complete federal takeover
of the program in five years.
To Senate vote counters, it now appears that none of 'the three
has enough support to be adopted,
Therefore Ribicoff has indicated he is willing to cut back his
proposal in an effort to reach an accommodation with the admis-
This is what Nixon rejected at his news conference.
The senator said that earlier Nixon supported almost every
element of the proposed compromise such as a requirement that no
present welfare benefit be lowered,
The House bill would permit cutbacks; the Ribicoff proposal
would not.
Senate slices military, aid;
only Israel gets increase
WASHINGTON UP) - The Senate refused yesterday to
restore sharp cuts in President Nixon's foreign military aid
budget and, in what was called "a bidding contest" for
Jewish votes, earmarked a special $85 million fund for
The Senate rebuffed pleas by Senate Republican Lead-
er Hugh Scott who contended the $245 million stricken
from the $1.7 billion aid bill was the "linch pin" of the
Nixon Doctrine.
It accepted, 54 to 21, a substitute offered by Sen. Frank
Church (D-Idaho) knock-
ing out all the money Scott
sought to put back in-ex-
cept for an additional $35 StilTrying
million for Israel.
The Scott amendment would
have added $20 million for Is-
rael to the $50 million already E
earmarked in the bill.
The Church substitute sweet-
ened that by adding another
$15 million, bringing the total
accepted by the Senate to $85
"It increases the amount toMehREnPU
Isal oi'all senate'mo

tivated by the Jewish vote will
rush in and vote for the sub-a
stitute," Scott said.
Church called Israel a "spe-
cial case," however and said her
situation is so precarious that for
"if we're going to err, let us err
on the side of generosity."
"The grant military assist- Tuesday
ance program is the linch pin
of the Nixon Doctrine," Scott ednesda
said. "It allows us to with-
draw' Americans forces 'ronsm D aii o u
around the world by enabling Dead ne for Tue
allied and friendly governments Deadline for W ed
to field armed forces which can
bear an increasing share of -the
common defens e burden."

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SEN. ABRAHAM RIBICOFF (left) yesterday assailed President Nixon's recent decision not to com-
promise on a welfare reform plan. Ribicoff has proposed a higher minimum guaranteed income than
the President. Elliot Richardson (right), secretary of health, education, and welfare, defended Nixon
yesterday and criticized Ribicoff's "pessimistic" lambast.
Armed hijacker commandeers jet
near St. Louis; de~mands $502,000t

ST. LOUIS (/P)-An armed hi-
jacker demanding $502,000 com-
mandeered an American Airlines
jetliner yesterday, returning to
the St. Louis airport to pick up
his ransom after taking the pi-
rated plane and 21 hostages on
a flight toward Texas.
Earlier, the hijacker ordered
the plane flown to Fort Worth.
Tex., but then directed the pilot
to fly back to St. Louis after
nearly completing the journey.
A radio operator at Lambert-
St. Louis International Airport
who monitored the plane cap-
tain's transmission to the airport
quoted the captain as saying the
hijacker planned to keep one
passenger aboard the plane and
get a fresh crew.
Mike McNearey, the radio op-
erator, said the captain indicated
the hijacker then wanted to head
toweard Toronts, make a low'
pass to make sore it is Toronto
and then fly to John F. Kennedy
Airport in New York. There was
no official confirmation of the
radio operator's report, however.
"He (the hijacker) threatened
to kill one stewardess if his or-
ders were not carried out," Mc-
Nearey said.
Federal authorities said ear-
lier that the hijacker, described
as a white man in his twenties,
also had demanded parachutes,
a shovel and a radar scanning
device be brought to the airport
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by the time the Boeing 727 re-
There was no immediate indi-
cation whether the hijacker's de-
mands had been met. After land-
ing, the plane remained on the
runway and was being refueled.
William Sullivan, agent in
charge of the St. Louis FBI of-
fice, said the hijacker took with
him as hostages 14 male passen-
gers, f o u r stewardesses aid
three other crew members.
The plane returned to SI. Louis
after nearly completing a flight
to Ft. Worth, Tex. The Federal
Aviation Administration in Wash-
ington said the hijacker appar-
ently intended to land at Great-
er Southwest International Air-
port before reversing direction.
Sullivan said there was no one
injured in the hijacking incident,
which occurred while the ,)laise
was en route from here to Tulsa,
Okla., with 101 persons on board.
Sullivan said the hijacker was

carrying either an automatic
rifle or a. "grease gun," which
he described as being like a
A federal source in Washington
monitoring the hijack reported
earlier that the hijacker also had
demanded five parachutes, a
military-style shovel and a port-
able radar scanning device.
To head druggists
Prof. Tom Rowe, dean of the
University's school of pharmacy,
is being installed today as presi-
dent of the Michigan Pharma-
ceutical Association at its 89th
It is the first time the associa-
tion of some 3,000 Michigan
pharmacists has designated an
educator, rather than a retail
pharmacist, as its top state of-

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