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Thursday, May 22, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Hathaway approved by
Senate Interior Committee

Paae Seven

WASHINGTON (A - Stanley
Hathaway, who has pledged not
to disregard the environment
while developing natural re-
sources, was approved by the
Senate Interior Committee yes-
terday to be secretary of the
interior.
By a 9-4 vote, the committee
approved the nomination and
sent it to the full Senate, where
a final vote could come this
week but is more likely to oc-
cur after the 10-day Memotial
Day recess.
SEVERAL e n v i r o n mental
groups had urged the cam-
mittee to reject the nomination,
contending that Hathaway's
eight-year record as governor
of Wyoming indicaed he has no
great desire to protect the en-
vironment in any showdown
with industrial or mining inter-
ests.
But the environmental issue
was not raised yesterday in a
final 2 -hour hearing on the
nomination. The entire session
was consumed by a report of
an investigation into Hathaway's
connection with a bank in his
hometown of Torrington, Wyo.,
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On April 21, in his first ap-
pearance before the commit-
tee, Hathaway, who is 50 and a
Republican, said he had earned
no outside income while ne was
governor from 1967 through
1974.
BUT ON May 14, pleading a
bad memory, he informed the
committee that he actually had
received $13,000 in fees for serv-
ing as a director of Citizens Na-
tional Bank and Trust Co. in
1969, 1970 and 1971.
In an effort to determine sshe-
ther Hathaway had disclosed
the whole story about his deal-
ings with the bank, the csm-
mittee sent an investigator,
Owen Malone, to Torington. Ma -
lone told the panel he foond
nothing to dispute Hathaway's
story.
Some members of the com-
mittee expressed concern that
as governor, Hathaway was a
member of the state Board of
Deposit, whose duties included
determining the eligibility of
banks to receive-state deposits.
However, Malone noted that
the state treasurer nad th e
final decision on whether to de-

conflict, Hathaway said, the
bank agreed that while he was
governor it would accept no
more state money for deposit
than it did before his tenure.
Sen. Richard Stone (D-Fla ),
questioned whether Hathaway
had violated the law in borrow-
ing $8,000 from Citizens National
to buy stock in the sank -stock
that Hathaway said the bank
may have held as security fr
the loan.
But a quick check by the
committee indicated, first, that
the stock was not used to secure
the loan, and, second, that any
violation would have been
charged to the bank, not to
Hathaway.
"I FEEL I did nothing nor-
ally wrong, legally wrong,"
Hathaway said of his .dealings
with the hometown wank.
Joining Stone in opposing the
nomination were Sens. Floyd
Haskell (D-Colo.) Joan Glenn,
(D-Ohio) and James Absurezk,
(D-S.D.).
Hathaway was n-minated by
President Ford to succeed Rog-
ers C. B. Morton as interior

SENATE Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-Pa.) meets with
reporters outside the White House yesterday, following a meet-
ing of GOP senators with President Ford. Ford told the sen-
ators that he will run a vigorous campaign for the presidency
next year and carry a strong and constructive program to the
people.

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and the former governor's ex secretary. Morton as mOvea
planation of his dealings with posit state money. to the Commerce Department as
the bank. TO AVOID any appearance of secretary.F t r all so te m h e
House passes $5 billion bill to to fly homemade zeppelin
CHANDLER, Ariz. (A) -From The Conrads said their alum-
cr' /eatQ co ns fr uc t Ion id sry o s a distance, it looks like t he inum welding overcomes th e
c jo b s world's largest chicken-wire weaknesses asociated with riv-
watermelon, rising above t h e eting in 1930s zeppelins. Non-
WASHINGTON(P) - A House- public works projects. More stimulate inflation. farmland near this Phoenix su- flammable helium, they say, is
passed bill to authorize $5 bil- than 18 per cent of the con- Administration officials oppos- burb. far safer than the explosive hy-
lion to prop up the sagging con- struction employes in the na- ing the legislation claim the But Clair and Darwin C o n- drogen used by the Hindenburg.
struction industry is going to tion are out of work, claimed bulk of spending would come at rad, a father and son team, are "We've spent about $40,00 -
the Senate. There, a similar bill the bill's sponsors, and "i a time of economic upturn, trying to build and fly a zep- all our own money - and work-
s opposed by the administration many cities" more than 30 per crowd out private investment pehn. -ed 10,000 to 12,000 hours of
as inflationary. cent of them are jobless. and thus stimulate inflation, THE CONRADS believe their our spa time it over the
By a 313-86 vote Tuesday, the Rep. Robert Jones, (D-Ala.) 225-foot air ship will not have past six years," Darwin said.
House sent the emergency em- chairman of the Public Works IN DEFENDING the House's the structural defect which "The biggest problem has been
sloyment bill to the Senate, Committee, noting the House .5billiontauthorization, Rep. caused ze as earlier t h i ms
which is holding hearings on a vote was more than the two- Harold Johnson (-alif.) said:- century tobreak up or burst in- money, but when you do some-
measure to authorize $1.9 bil- thirds necessary to override a "We will spend an estimated to flames as the German ship thing long enough, it kind of
ion for the same purs. The possible presidential veto, com- $30 billion this year alone in Hindenburg did in 1937. grows on you."

Senate vote is expected next
month.
THE HOUSE bill calls for
federal grants to state or local
governments, including Indian
tribes, for construction, repair
or other improvements of local
public works projects that can
be started within 90 days of pro-
ject approval. No state or local
funds would be required.
The House was told that
state and local governments
confront difficulties in funding
construction of "badly needed"

mented:
"THIS OVERWHELMING,
non-partisan vote should be a
clear signal to the administra-
tion that Congress is determined
to break the rising spiral of un-
employment that's spreading
hardship and distress all over
America."
Meanwhile, Under Secretary
of Commerce John K. Tabor
told a Senate Public Works sub-
committee that the economy al-
ready is on an upturn and a
public works job bill would only

unemployment insurance, food
stamps, welfare, public serv-
ice employment and the like."
Proponents e s t i m a t e
the House bill could provide up
to 250,000 construction jobs on
such projects as municipal of-
fices, water and sewage treat-
ment plants, health, education
and social services facilities
across the nation. Moreover,
they contend, it could generate
another 250,000 jobs in indus-
tries supplying construction ma-
terials.

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