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GOP members clash over cuts
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders
yesterday called on President Reagan to keep his
pledge not to tamper with Social Security benefits,
clashing with Senate GOP leaders who want to freeze
spending for the program next year.
Reagan said last week he would accept the Social
Security freeze if there was overwhelming
congressional approval. House Democrats, however,
also reject disturbing Social Security.
HOUSE Republican leader Robert Michel said he
has "tried to honor" Reagan's campaign pledge not
to tamper with Social Security and "not do anything
that would do violence to anything the president has
"We'd all like that utopian balanced budget, but if
it isn't there, you ask yourself how much of a deficit
can you absorb?"
Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House
GOP conference, said the Republican Party was
trying to reach out to "millions of senior citizens
during the campaign that had a pledge from the
president for no reductions in Social Security benefits
... I think that's something that should be outside this
BUT A top Dole aide said the Senate GOP leader is
"still looking at an across-the-board package that
would include the Social Securty COLAs" and is
working closely with the White House and other
Although leaders of both parties have previously
said deficit-reduction was Congress' No. 1 priority
this year, Michel told reporters: "Not everybody is so
possessed with this deficit that every document that
is published has to have a bearing on deficit-
The GOP plan, called "Ideas for Tomorrow,
Choices for Today," calls for tax-code simplification,
curbs on the independence of the Federal Reserve
system to "allow greater public scrutiny," and a
variety of domestic-policy initiatives not usually
associated with Republicans - including larger tax
breaks for child care and home care of elderly
THEIR preliminary proposal would freeze all.
federal spending including the Pentagon budget and
cost-of-living increases in Social Security payments.
Reagan in the past has ruled out any tampering with
Social Security payments, although he said at his
nationally broadcast news conference last week that
he would consider a one-year freeze on Social
Security increases if there were a "congressional
mandate" for it.
House Democrats have indicated they do not sup-
port a freeze on Social Security benefits, and
Repdblicans yesterday suggested that such a freeze
would have a hard time winning approval in the
House, which Democrats control by a 252-182 margin
with one vacancy.
The GOP document offers 252 suggestions "for
Congress to consider as it deals with President
Reagan's budget," but some of them are contradic-
For instance, at the same time it advocates a flat
tax system with an elimination of all current deduc-
tions and credits, it proposes a batch of new tax
It advocates "tax credits for home care of elderly
relatives who would otherwise be institutionalized"
as well as "tax deductions for home care of elderly
relatives suffering from disabling ailments such as
And it calls for "increasing the tax credit for
dependent care services for low- and moderate-
income taxpayers, or providing modest tax incen-
tives to firms for offering day care as an employee
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Belgium refuses U.S. missiles
WASHINGTON - Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens told
President Reagan yesterday that Belgium will not deploy new American
nuclear missiles in March as planned, a spokesman for Martens said.
"The military and technical schedule no longer exists," said the
spokesman, Lou De Clerq. "It will be replaced by a political decision to be
taken at the end of March."
CBS News reported yesterday evening that "Martens told CBS News that
his government now would not begin deployment in March. He said Belgium
would decide then whether the missiles will be based there."
U.S. officials have taken the position that a failure to deploy in March
would be a breach in solidarity on this issue among the NATO allies.
Martens himself told a reporter with regard to the March deployment
decision: "There will be a vote of confidence by parliament and it is not ex-
cluded that we will be defeated. In that case there will be new elections. The
whole question is to get a majority to sustain the decisions of the gover-
Teachers contest anti-gay law
WASHINGTON-"All the goals of public education" are threatened if
public schools cannot fire teachers who advocate homosexuality, the
Supreme Court was told yesterday.
Seeking reinstatement of an Oklahoma law that enpowered local school
boards to carry out such firings, University of Oklahoma City Law School
professor Dennis Arrow argued that the statute was aimed at barring.
teachers from advocating sodomy, a crime under Oklahoma law.
The disputed law stated that a teacher could be fired for engaging in
"public homosexual conduct or activity"-a term defined as "advocating,
solicity, imposing, encouraging or promoting public or private homosexual
activity in a manner that creates a substantial risk that such conduct will,
come to the attention of school children or school employees."
Inaugural committee to pay
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delay caused by the walkoff, Ayers
said, declining to explain the plan. But
IMC might hire more workers or have
crews working on the weekends to put
the project back on schedule, she ad-
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were killed and seven were wounded
when two roadside bombs exploded
near the south Lebanon town of Rzay
just north of the Litani River. The
deaths brought to 606 the number of
Israelis killed in Lebanon since the in-
RABIN SAID that if the Palestine
Liberation Organization tries to
reorganize in south Lebanon "the
Israeli army will not hesitate to enter
and liquidate such reorganization. It
will be a roving, aggressive method of
The initial invasion, dubbed
Operation Peace for Galilee, was laun-
ched to oust the PLO from southern
Lebanon and to end guerrilla attackes
against Israel's northern border. Since
the PLO was routed, most of the attacks
on Israeli soldiers in Lebanon have
been blamed on the increasingly hostile
Shiite Moslem population.
Rabin, who presented the plan with
top army officers, said the decision to
turn Lebanese territory over to the
Lebanese army was "a test for the
Lebanese government and its claims at
Naqoura that it is able to impose order"
in areas evacuated by Israel.
THE ISRAELI plan for a unilateral
withdrawal was borm out of frustration
over deadlocked troop withdrawal
negotiations with Lebanon that began
Nov. 8 in the border town of Naqoura in
If the United Nations and Lebanon
"are not ready in five weeks, we are not
going to wait any more," the defense
In the final stage, Rabin said, Israel
would establish a security zone along
its border in south Lebanon to be
patrolled by local Lebanese forces
"backed by Israel."
Rabin said that the timing of the next
two stages would be "at our
discretion," and that each move would
need Cabinet approval.
Of course the hope is that indeed we
will be able to implement the stages in a
way that won't take a long time," Rabin
said. "The time will be in terms of mon-
ths, not weeks, for each stage, and I
recommend patience and to see how the
performers triple union wages
NEW YORK - Bowing to protests, President Reagan's inaugural commit-
tee has reversed its decision to hire 200 amateur performers for free during
Inauguration Week and has agreed to pay them triple the union minimum,
wage, a union spokesman said yesterday.
The committee also agreed to pay the performers travel and living expen-
ses and make contributions for each one into the pension and welfare fund of
the American Guild of Variety Artists, said Dick Moore, a spokesman for an
umbrella group of four entertainment unions.
The committee incurred the wrath of all four unions last week by
publishing an audition call for "clean-cut American types" who are non-
union to sing and dance at inaugural celebrations Jan. 19-21.
The Screen Actors Guild asked Reagan to personally condemn the audition
call because he served as head of SAG for six terms before leaving acting for
Actors Equityannounced plans for a demonstration in Washington to coin-
cide with the inaugural celebrations.u
Hundreds die in Ethiopian crash
NAIROBI, Kenya - A speeding train derailed on a bridge in central
Ethiopia, and four passenger cars tumbled into a 40-foot ravine, killing 392
people, Ethiopia's state radio reported yesterday night.
Other estimates put the death toll as high as 449.
The broadcast, monitored in Nairobi, said 373 people were injured in the'
wreck Sunday afternoon near Awash, about 125 miles east of Addis Ababa,
the Ethiopian capital.
It said the locomotive engineer was arrested. Ethiopian relief officials
said he apparently failed to slow down while negotiating the curve of the ;
Air force helicopters evacuated those seriously hurt. Relief workers in
Addis Ababa said emergency teams were caring for survivors until they
could be flown to hospitals in Addis Ababa and Nazareth, a town about 60
miles to the southeast.
The government's first official mention of the wreck came nearly 24 hours
after it happened. Transport Minister Yussuf -Ahmed is leading an in-
vestigation into the disaster, the radio said.
Opposition leads in Brazil polls
BRASILIA, Brazil - A 74-year-old lawyer is favored to upset the gover-..
nment's official nominee in today's presidential elections that will end 21
years of military rule in Latin America's largest nation.
Tancredo Neves, a moderate who heads an alliance of opposition parties
and dissidents, leads in public opinion polls by at least a two-thirds margin
over government candidate Paulo Maluf, a 53-year-old right-wing
Neves attributes his opponent's weakness in the public opinion polls to
Maluf's status as official government candidate, which identifies him with
the outgoing military regime.
Whoever wins the presidency will face a world record foreign deft of $100
billion, an annual inflation rate of more than 200 percent and pressure from
lower paid workers whose purchasing power has been cut in half since the
military seized power in 1964.
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