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News Analysis
Session to
begm with
lame ducks,
so agenda
Michigan Legislature
to return next week
with last chance to
affect legislation
By JONATHAN BERNDT
Daily Staff Reporter.
After all the Thanksgiving turkey
*consumed, the Michigan Legisla-
ture will return to.work next week for
its "lame duck" session, the lastchance
for defeated and retiring lawmakers
to affect legislation. ,
While the session's agenda has
not yet been set, this lag time be-
tween the election and the swearing
in of the new representatives could
pose some decision-making diffi-
ties.
John Tropman, a University so-
cial work professor, said a legisla-
tor's dual role as partisan politician
and statesperson concerned for the
good of the community may clash
even more during this session.
"It may be that individuals (not
returning) are less able to be a
statesperson, but I'm not sure that
K ld be true," he said. "A number
ht hope to return to political ser-
vice."
Or they might be moving on.
State Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor) will not be going to Lansing
right away. She will be in Washing-
ton, preparing for her new job repre-
senting Michigan's 13th Congres-
sional District. She is replacing Wil-
liam Ford (D-Ypsilanti Township),
o is retiring.
Rivers said she has observed that
such sessions can be safe times to
pass things, even controversial issues.
"Prior to an election there's an
unwillingness to let anyone score any
points. People vote against things
rather than letting an opponent get an
advantage," she said.
Tropman said legislators who no
1 ger face the voters - those who
t or plan to retire - could face
conflicts.
"People who have no stake in the
process have difficulties in most de-
cision-making groups," he said.
But he added that some of the
reasons for entering public service
will combat this problem.
"They also become a public ser-
vant because they want to help the
nmon wheel," Tropman said.
"For those individuals, that will
continue whether they are lame duck
or not."
Political Science Prof. John
Kingdon said knowing the makeup of
the Legislature for the next two years
gives the parties different goals for
the session.
See LEGISLATURE, Page 2

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Clinton, Dole
move closer to
GATT accord

AP PHOTO
Operation Get Down volunteer Ruth Henry (left) helps distribute boxes of food, including turkeys, to the needy.
Students volunteer to help
neyejoy Thnkgiin

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Clinton ad-
ministration officials said they be-
lieve they are close to meeting key
conditions set by Senate Republican
leader Robert J. Dole in return for his
support for an international trade
agreement scheduled for congres-
sional votes next week.
"We continue to make progress
and we hope to wrap it by next
Wednesday," said U.S. Trade Repre-
sentative Mickey Kantor, after a se-
ries of conversations with Dole's rep-
resentatives.
In a statement last night, Dole said:
"It is my hope that the differences with
the administration over the GAT ac-
cord can be resolved soon.... We have
not reached agreement yet."
Dole's top priority with regard to
the trade accord is the creation of a
panel of retired U.S. federal judges to
review decisions on trade disputes by
a proposed World Trade Organiza-
tion.
The WTO would oversee the rules
of the General Agreement on Tariffs
and Trade, which were expanded in
the agreement signed by 123 nations
earlier this year. Senate sources said a
deal on this issue has been virtually
completed.
President Clinton yesterday noted
"the progress that we have made in
working with Senator Dole on the
substantive issues surrounding GATT.
And I appreciate the very construc-
tive attitude that has prevailed there."
Clinton rejected another of Dole's
requests - that the administration
make concessions on lowering the
capital gains tax.
"I disagree that there should be
some deal cut regarding capital gains.
I don't think that's the right thing to
do,"Clinton said during aWhite House
news conference with Ukrainian Presi-
dent Leonid Kuchma.
See GATT, Page 2

Poll: Voters
uncertain
about trade
LANSING (AP) - Michi-
gan voters are taking a "show
me" attitude toward a proposed
multi-nation agreement designed
to pave the way for freer trade
around the world, a poll released
yesterday says.
The poll found a plurality of
Michigan likely voters -45 per-
cent - were undecided on the
GAT agreement, while 28 per-
cent approved of it and 27 per-
cent disapproved.
"They understand they've got
to deal in the world market but
they're really not too sure yet.
They really have to grow into it,"
said pollster Ed Sarpolus.
Asked whether the 123-na-
tion agreement will help work-
ers, 40 percent said yes, 34 per-
cent said no and 26 percent were
undecided.
The General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade would lower
tariffs on manufactured goods,
limit subsidies to farmers and
provide protections for patents,
copyrights and trademarks.
Sarpolus, a partner in the Lan-
sing polling company EPIC/
MRA, said President Clinton has
a big job in persuading the huge
pool of undecided voters to back
GATT.
He warned that the president
will have to do a better job of
swaying undecided voters than
he did on the health care issue or
See POLL, Page 2

By SPENCER DICKINSON
Daily Staff Reporter
Today begins Thanksgiving Break at the Univer-
sity - a time when some students will join their own
families for turkey while others work to help those less
fortunate.
Josh Pietsch, a Nursing sophomore, flies today to
Nashville, Tenn. There, he plans to see his girlfriend.
and "eat too much" of his favorite Thanksgiving food
- pumpkin pie.
Jason Pickett, an LSA sophomore, also plans to eat
Thanksgiving dinner with his family. He also plans to
"play with (his) pooch." His favorite Thanksgiving
food is "turkey. And stuffing. And gravy."
First-year LSA student Meredith Nelson, howeve'r,
will not be celebrating in the traditional way. "I'm a
vegetarian," she said, "so I'll eat fruit or pasta or
something like that." But she does not feel passing up
turkey will take away from her enjoyment of the
holiday, which she will spend in Greenwich, Conn.

But Nelson will not be the only one going without
turkey this Thanksgiving. Around the country, from
Lansing to Boston to Buffalo, donations are down and
demand is up in soup kitchens and shelters where the
homeless and the needy have traditionally sat down to
the best meal of their year.
Church workers and social service agencies blame
a steady decline in government funding and also say
that many Americans, themselves struggling to make
ends meet, are losing sympathy for the unemployed and
the homeless..
"Homelessness has been around for a long time
now, and people are beginning to say, 'Gee, if we can't
solve the problem, maybe we ought to pretend it's not
there,"' said RPick Roberts, chairman of the Chicago
Christian Industrial League.
In Lansing, donations are way down at the Cristo
Rey Community Center, said senior citizens program
coordinator Toni Diaz.-
See THANKSGIVING, Page 2

Tag Days
By MATTHEW SMART
Daily Staff Reporter
One look at Reggie Cameron, a 2-
year-old chemotherapy patient at Mott
Children's Hospital, and almost any-
one would be willing to empty their
pockets to help him.
Reggie is just one of the many
children who benefit from the money
raised by the Galens Medical Society
during its 67th annual Tag Days fund-
raising drive, scheduled for Dec. 2
and 3.
The Galens Medical Society hopes
to raise $100,000 this year for

' benefits ill children

children's health programs at Mott
Children's Hospital and other
Washtenaw County area children's
services.
About 200 University medical stu-
dents will participate in the two-day
event. The students will be positioned
at most street corners and shopping
areas in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
area, wearing red ponchos and carry-
ing buckets.
In return for donations, volunteers
will give out red and green tags for
supporters to wear. People wearing
these tags are exempt from requests

for donations from volunteers.
Many Galens members believe
that helping children in the commu-
nity is an important activity for medi-
cal students.
"I feel that as medical students we
have a responsibility" to the welfare
of the people in the community, said
Rakesh Jha, a Galens member.
"A hundred percent of what we
raise goes directly to kids," said
Francie Yousef, president of the
Galens Medical Society. "I can't think
of a better cause."
See TAGS, Page 2

rEAF ME ALONE

U.S. pushes allies to protect Bosnian towns

From Daily Wire Services
WASHINGTON - The United
States renewed consultations with key
allies yesteday over possible new air
strikes to protect the Bosnian town of
Bihac, as Serb nationalists closed in
on the area after Monday's Western
attack on a Serb-held airstrip.
Clinton administration officials
said the United States is again press-
ing the United Nations to call in more
NATO war planes to prevent the fall
of Bihac in the face of the intensified
Serb onslaught.

Serb nationalists close in on Bihac;
officials press U.N. for NATO air strikes

At the same time, Washington was
said to be renewing its push to get
NATO to declare Bihac an "exclu-
sion zone." The designation would
prohibit the Serbs from using tanks
and artillery in the area and would
authorize air strikes against violators.
The Serb attacks on Bihac under-
scored the difficulty for the Clinton
administration and its major Euro-

pean partners in the face of a continu-
ing split among the allies and between
the United Nations and NATO, over
how to handle the situation in Bosnia.
Despite Monday's NATO air strike
against a Serb-held airfield in Croatia,
Serb forces continued to press in on
Bihac, engaging in hand-to-hand com-
bat with Bosnian government troops
and setting villages on fire.

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic, angrily denouncing NATO
as "a criminal organization," threat-
ened to retaliate against U.N. and
NATO forces in a way that "will hurt
every member" of NATO.
U.S. officials described the situa-
tion in Bihac as "growing more des-
perate by the minute," with Serb na-
tionalists mounting a three pronged
pincer movement that sent hundreds
of refugees streaming out of the en-
clave and into the surrounding area.
See BOSNIA, Page 2
INSIDE

GOP 'contract' to hit welfare programs

ARTS

WASHINGTON (AP) --A welfare reform plan pushed
by House Republicans would strike hard at the nation's
anti-poverty programs. For the first time in decades, low-
income families would no longer be automatically eli-
gible for food stamps or cash benefits.
The proposal, one of 10 in the GOP's "Contract With

Today, 14 million needy people, including 9 million
children, receive AFDC, and 27 million Americans get
food stamps.
Other programs on the list that could lose their entitle-
ment status, according to an analysis by the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal research and advo-

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