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Continued from page 1
"Free trade? Well, maybe fair
trade," said Greg Bird, chief finan-
cial officer for Horizon Enterprises,
a precision metal auto parts manu-
facturer based in Taylor. "We need
government and manufacturers to
work together like governments and
manufacturers in other countries
work together."
Bird said Horizon and all small
suppliers are shouldering a larger
share of research and development
costs for their clients.
"We're looking for policies that
will help remove those up-front
costs," he said. "Policies like the in-
vestment tax credit program.
"It doesn't matter whether the
government is run by Republicans or
Democrats. The key is cooperation
and adopting policies good for the
whole country and not just special
interest groups."
Continued from nacre 1
or Friday."
But all of the wishing and hoping
may not be enough for Perot sup-
porters. Perot's "October Surprise,"
if it comes about, will probably put
him in the role of political spoiler -
not political phenomenon.
In the eyes of many supporters,
America's knight in shining armor
tarnished his suit by letting them
down. When he went against his
word to the volunteers who worked
to get his name on the ballot, he for-
feited a legitimate chance at the
presidency - and America's trust.
Sterling Silver:

House sustains family-leave bill veto, 258-169
Lwmakers predictfamily-related issues to be a major concern in '92 presidential campaign

House yesterday easily sustained
President Bush's veto of a bill re-
quiring many businesses to give
their workers time off in family
emergencies. Democrats pledged to
redouble efforts to make "family
leave" a major issue in the cam-
paign for the White House.
The vote on the politically
charged bill was 258-169, well
short of the two-thirds majority
needed to override Bush. It was the
33rd consecutive time Bush has
made his veto stick.
In defeat on the family-leave
bill, supporters said the veto would
reverberate in next month's presi-
dential election. Democrat Bill
Clinton supports the measure; Bush
has promoted "family values" as a
campaign theme.
"This issue frames this cam-
paign," said Rep. Patricia Schroe-
'This issue frames this
campaign. Yes, it
really is about who is
for families.
- Rep. Patricia
der. "Yes, it really is about who is
for families."
Forty-two Democrats deserted
their party and voted to sustain
Bush's veto. Thirty-eight Repub-
licans voted to override their presi-
The measure was strongly op-
posed by lobbyists for small busi-
ness. Opponents pointed to Bush's
eleventh-hour alternative, $500
million in tax credits for businesses
that grant the unpaid leave to
"There's a better, more effective

way," said House Minority Leader
Bob Michel, (R-Ill.)
The House voted overwhelm-
ingly as expected to override an-
other Bush veto of a bill that would
slap conditions on renewal next
year of China's trade status with the
United States. Most-favored nation
status imparts the lowest available
tariffs on a country's exports to
The vote was 345-74, well over
the two-thirds needed.
The veto battles were among the
major bills to be acted upon before
the 102nd Congress adjourns early
next week.
Since the new federal fiscal year
begins today with most of the 13
annual spending bills unfinished,
Congress passed the emergency bill
to give it more time to finish those
spending bills.
Legislators also sent Bush a
$688 million measure that helps fi-
nance the District of Columbia's
government after removing a pro-
vision allowing local tax collections
to be used for abortions. Bush had
vetoed the bill earlier in the day be-
cause he opposed the abortion pro-
The family leave bill would
have required businesses with 50 or
more employees to give workers up
to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-pro-
tected leave, with full health bene-
fits, to care for a sick family mem-
ber or for the birth or adoption of a
The Senate voted 68-31 last
week to override Bush. He so far
has a perfect record of making his
vetoes stick. The Senate vote
marked the first time in his presi-
dency that body has voted to over-
House Speaker Thomas Foley
called Bush's veto "a very bad mis-
take" but already was looking

Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) shares a laugh with American Association of University Women member Nancy
Zirkin and Women's Legal Defense Fund President Judith Litchman (from left to right). These women are lobbying
for the family leave bill but some House members say there are enough votes to sustain President Bush's veto.


ahead to the bill's prospects if
Clinton, a supporter of the bill, is
elected president.
"It is one of the things that will
change in a new administration,"
Foley said. "It is one of the things
that the Clinton campaign is com-
mitted to change and that the
Congress in great majority is
committed to support."
"We thought the election poli-
tics would help us," one Demo-

cratic strategist said. "On the other
hand, it could be hurting us."
Major tax legislation was also
pending in the final days of
A Senate-House conference
committee was to take up the issue
after the Senate voted 70-29 to ap-
prove its $35 billion catchall bill
Tuesday night. The House's version
is about half that size.
Both include a portion for poor

cities, through business incentives
in depressed areas, but the urban
aid portion was dwarfed by added
items such as expanded individual
retirement accounts and business
tax breaks.
The House and Senate sent Bush
a compromise $12 billion measure
financing land programs that leaves
mostly. intact the 120-year-old law
that gives miners inexpensive ac-
cess to federal lands.

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out abortion debate."
He said about 20 additional
amendments - such as extending
consent power to grandparents or
older siblings - were debated, dis-
cussed and voted on, but they were
all defeated.
"When you start to get into this
type of legislation, each side begins
to promote its own agenda," he said.
Pro-life advocates have asked
legislators to adopt the bill in its

original form with no amendments.
Rep. Paul Baade (D-Muskegon)
said all new proposals were made by
pro-choice factions and the issues
being brought up were the same as
when the original bill was debated.
Pro-choice advocates criticized
the original law because they said it
would force girls who can't talk to
their parents to seek illegal abor-
tions, unfairly discriminating against
troubled families.
They also said it is a step toward
outlawing abortion altogether.
Anti-abortion activists said even

an emergency situation should not
excuse her from getting consent
before an abortion.
"If there is a problem with a
girl's health, it is all the more neces-
sary for her parents to be involved,"
said Pat Rose of Right to Life of
Washtenaw County. "Parents should
be involved in the health decisions
of their daughters.
"The majority of parents have
their children's best interests at
heart," she added. "You can't make
law based on bad cases because that
will make bad law."

A petition drive initiated the 1990
act after former Gov. James
Blanchard vetoed a similar bill. The
group, called Citizens for Parents'
Rights, collected 331,464 signatures
from Michigan residents.
The law enables a minor who
chooses not to seek the consent of a
parent to confidentially petition the
probate court, which will decide if
the minor is "sufficiently mature and
well-enough informed to make the
decision regarding abortion
independently ..."
The original bill passed the


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Senate 28-9 and the House 61-40
with bipartisan support. The support
came as the result of a compromise
between Democrats, many of whom
wanted no restrictions, and
Republicans - led by then-Senate
Majority Leader John Engler -who
wanted a stricter law.
Because the legislation was de-
veloped by citizens, Blanchard did
not have the power to veto it.
The bill was opposed by female0
and Black legislators. Of 21 females,
three voted for it. Of 13 Blacks, only
one male supported the bill.
just ask that you be aware of your
One community member sug-
gested that area residents make a
proactive effort to take back the
park. She suggested a collective
Saturday morning walk through
woods as a statement of security.

Continued from page 1
before anyone found her and her at-
tacker probably thought she was
dead when he ran from the woods.
"We have a handful of sus-

pects," Caldwell said. But as the
victim is not yet in a condition to
make an identification, he said, it
may be several days before police
are able to make further determina-
One suspect, he said, was ar-
rested on separate charges yester-

"In my experience, people don't
start out with violent crimes,"
Caldwell said. "This isn't the first
time he's done something like this,
and it most likely will not be the
Police said they believe the as-

sailant may strike again in the area
and, if he does, will most likely at-
tack another white female.
"The streets are still your
streets. Your park is still your park,
and you have a right to use that,"
said Jerry Wright, head of the
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and examining space utilization.
Steiss said he hopes for an answer in
the next few weeks.
Steiss said the 47.2 percent rate is
a combination of both administrative
and space costs. Colleges and uni-
versities nationwide are subject to a
26 percent rate - capped by HHS
- on administration costs. Steiss
explained that schools like Stanford
and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology have higher rates be-
cause they have exhibited that they
spend more on space-related costs.
Administration costs - previ-
ously set at 37 percent - include
general and administrative offices,
sponsored program administration,
and departmental administrative

costs incurred to departments in
The remaining 21.2 percent is al-
lotted for space costs, including
utilities and equipment.
While the administration rate is
set nationwide, Steiss said, "The
university argues that space costs
more and the federal government
should recognize that and provide us
with additional flexibility.
"Now they are reviewing our
proposal to readjust the proportions,"
Steiss added.
Harrison said he believes it will
hurt the U-M more than any other
Steiss said, "We lost more like 11
or 12 percent," while some schools
only lost 2 percent when the indirect
cost recovery rates were changed.
In addition to the new cost re-

covery rate, the Office of
Management and Budget made re-
visions to Circular A21 - guide-
lines that all colleges and universi-
ties must follow - defining what
costs are allowable to be charged to
the government in direct or indirect

"They clarified a lot of things
that had been vague before,"
Harrison said. Items that are de-
clared as being indirectly related to
research must be more defined than
in the past, he added.

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