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Clinton's budget sparks political fire

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Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - On the eve of
PresidentClinton's annual budgetmes-
sage to Congress, Republican and
Democratic leaders accused each other
yesterday of lacking the political back-
bone necessary to cut spending enough
to balance the federal budget.
Republicans said Clinton's budget,
which would leave the deficit hovering
around $200 billion a year through the
rest of this decade, failed to exhibit

fiscal "leadership." Democrats re-
sponded that GOP leaders were quick
to criticize Clinton but slow to offer
specifics of their own.
Members of both parties, however,
were eager to assert which programs
they would leave intact. Social Secu-
rity, the government's biggest program
at about $335 billion - about $1,300
for every man, woman and child in
America - crowned almost
everybody's list of favored programs.

"Nobody - Republican, Demo-
crat, conservative, liberal, moderate-
is even thinking about using Social
Security to balance the budget," Senate
Majority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
said on CBS-TV's "Face The Nation."
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
(R-Kan.) accused Democrats of spread-
ing fear among the public with asser-
tions that the GOP wanted to cut Social
"It's about time the Democrats

started some leadership around here,
instead of trying to scare people on
Social Security or veterans or every-
thing else," Dole said on NBC-TV's
"Meet The Press."
House Budget Committee Chair-
man John R. Kasich (R-Ohio) noted
that Clinton's budget barely dented the
government's enormous entitlement
programs - those that guarantee fed-
eral benefits to those meeting particu-
lar eligibility requirements.


Republican field for
'96 begins shaping up

Budget focuses on illegal workers
WASHINGTON-In an effort to make it more difficult
for illegal immigrants to find jobs in the United States, the
Clinton administration will ask Congress to hire about 570
additional investigators for checks of work sites and to
finance new methods of verifying that job applicants are in
the country legally.
The fiscal 1996 budget thatPresidentClinton will present
to Congress this week will request $93 million to underwrite
the expanded verification programs and add 370 Immigra-
tion and Naturalization Service investigators and 200 Labor
Department wage-and-hourenforcers, Justice Department Clinton
officials said Saturday. The proposal represents a 29 percent increase over current
funding levels in those areas.
The request is notable because it signals a potential turning point in enforce-
ment of immigration laws. The INS traditionally has focused almost solely on
border crossings where many immigrants enter the country and has relied on
voluntary employer compliance with the ban on hiring illegal immigrants.
Energy Dept. seeks Tritium decays at a rate of 5.5 per-
.centayear,soby 2010,the country will
$50 billion for tritim need a new source to maintain even the
much-reduced nuclear arsenal envi-
WASHINGTON-In a significant sioned by the START II arms reduc-
step toward restoring the nation's abil- tion treaty, according to Energy De-
ity to manufacture nuclear weapons, partment and Pentagon estimates.

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The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Republi-
can congressional victories have
sparked activity among prospective
candidates for the GOP presidential
nomination, with at least nine politi-
cians in various stages of entering the
race and a host of others watching
Three of the most prominent likely
competitors - Senate Majority
Leader Robert J. Dole of Kansas, Sen.
Phil Gramm (Tex.) and former Ten-
nessee governor Lamar Alexander -
already have put together major pieces
of their campaign organizations. Only
slightly behind them is former Vice
President Dan Quayle, who plans to
announce his candidacy in April.
Commentator Patrick J. Buchanan,
who unsuccessfully challenged Presi-
dent George Bush from the right in
1992, is deciding whether to try again
for the nomination. A number of his
past supporters, including his sister,
Angela "Bay" Buchanan, are prepared
to go to battle once again.
In addition, Sen. Richard G. Lugar
-- a foreign affairs expert who, like
Quayle, is from Indiana - is looking
at a bid; Rep. Robert K. Dornan of
California has told reporters that he
will run; Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) is
exploring whether he can gain support
by challenging his party's Christian
right; and Alan L. Keyes, who ran for
the Senate unsuccessfully in Maryland
and was assistant secretary of state for
international organizations during the
Reagan administration, has formed a
presidential exploratory committee.
In Iowa, where the February cau-
cuses mark the opening contest for
delegates to the national convention,
Brian Kennedy, newly elected chair-

man of the state party, said four Repub-
licans are at varying stages of organiz-
ing for the 1996 caucuses: Dole,
Gramm, Alexander and Specter.
Quayle is scheduled to meet with state
party leaders in Des Moines next week.
Kennedy said that Dole, who fin-
ished first in the 1988 caucuses, has to
be considered the front-runner at this
point. But the Iowa GOP has grown
more conservative since 1988. The
Christian Coalition has effective con-
trol of the state central committee and
was responsible for Kennedy's eleva-
tion to the chairmanship over two ri-
Kennedy said that Gramm is ag-
gressively targeting conservative ac-
tivists, holding himself out as "the
true conservative in the party."
Quayle, with his emphasis on "fam-
ily values," also will appeal to the
party's conservative wing. Specter,
an abortion rights supporter, appar-
ently hopes to rally moderates to his
cause while his rivals split the con-
servative vote.
At this very early stage in the
campaign process, much of the com-
petition centers on hiring well-known
staffers and picking up financial sup-
porters. Because many states have
moved up the dates of their primaries
and caucuses, some Republican strat-
egists believe that candidates will need
as much as $20 million at the start of
1996 to be able to compete effec-
In the battle for fund-raisers, offi-
cials of Alexander's campaign boast
that five former finance chairmen of
the Republican National Committee
are putting the arm on donors for the
former governor.

the.Energy Departments proposedbud-
get for next year includes $50 million to
begin developing a new facility to pro-
duce tritium, a radioactive gas that is a
key ingredient of nuclear warheads.
Construction of a tritium source
would close a yawning gap in the U.S.
national security structure, which as-
sumes a long-term reliance on nuclear
weapons. The United States has not
had the capability to produce tritium
since nuclear reactors at the Energy
Department's Savannah River, S.C.,
plant were shut down in the late 1980s.
The United States no longer has
facilities to produce key warhead com-
ponents, such as plutonium. Mostcom-
ponents, including plutonium cores,
are being recycled from warheads re-
moved from the active stockpile as
post-Cold War arms reduction agree-
ments are implemented.

New MS drug has
fewer side effects


LOS ANGELES-Multiple scle-
rosis patients may soon have a new
drug that is nearly as effective as the
recently approved beta-interferon but
that has far fewer side effects.
Preliminary results from a clinical
trial show that the drug, called copoly-
mer one, reduces flare-ups of the dis-
abling disease by nearly one-third, the
drug's discoverer said yesterday at an
MS symposium at Cedars-Sinai Medi-
cal Center. The drug's manufacturer
will this week apply to the Food and
Drug Administration for marketing
approval, immunologist Ruth Arnon
of the Weizmann Institute of Science
in Rehovot, Israel told the meeting.


China, U.S. raise many
tariffs to 100 percent

U.S. to aid in Balkans mon cause a
, But the f
grievance mediation by problem
Croats andI
MUNICH, Germany - Bosnian throats again
Muslims and Croats, under pressure .
from the United States to shore up i tl
their fragile federation, agreed yes- over Pe
terday to submit any grievances to an
international mediator for binding LIMA, P
arbitration. reported b
U.S. officials who brokered the Ecuadoreant
agreement at a meeting in Munich jungle borde
portrayed the resulting accord as an talksinBrazi
important diplomatic step in contain- Ecuador
ing the nearly three-year-old Bosnian fighters attac
civil war. waters of the
Assistant Secretary of State Rich- two countrie
ard C. Holbrooke said the United and off for I1
States would further bolster the fed- President
eration by providing constitutional visited the 1
law experts and a retired U.S. general said Peruviai
to serve as advisers. Wealthy indus- the base of i
trial nations also will be asked to' ing on the po
contribute at least $10 million each in He alsos
aid, Holbrooke added. had been kill
As the third year of the Bosnian dor - twice
civil war draws to a close, the Croat- given by Peru
Muslim federation has been among soldiers have
the few diplomatic successes by out- and presumn
side powers trying to end the war, erupted Jan.
Created last March at Washington's The unm,
behest, the alliance converted former the border ru.
enemies into factions allied in com- may contain

gainst the Bosnian Serbs.
federation has been beset
s that threatened to set
Muslims at each others'
g continues
eruvian border
Peru - New fighting was
etween Peruvian and
troops along theirdisputed
er yesterday as cease-fire
il broke up without a truce.
rcharged that Peruvian
iked its posts at the head-
e Cenepa River, where the
es have been fighting on'
0 days.
t Alberto Fujimori, who
border region yesterday,
an troops had surrounded
ihuinza and were advanc-
said 22 Peruvian soldiers
led in fighting with Ecua-
e the number previously
u. Ecuador says eight of its
e died and two are missing
ned dead since fighting
narked 50-mile portion of
uns through an area which
gold, uranium and oil.
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warning shots have been fired in the
U.S.-China trade war, but both'sides
are leaving room for a truce before
real damage is done to one of the
world's most important trade and
political relationships.
The United States, exasperated by
China's failure to crack down on in-
tellectual property theft, on Saturday
announced 100 percent tariffs on
$1.08 billion worth of Chinese prod-
China promptly retaliated, com-
plaining its national dignity had been
violated. It placed 100 percent tariffs
on a variety of U.S. products, includ-
ing video games, compact discs, ciga-
rettes and alcohol.
U.S. Trade Representative Mickey
Kantor's pronouncement that "we are
drawing the line here today" on trade

came just three days after an annual
State Department report faulting
China as an authoritarian state that
had failed to improve its record of
"widespread and well-documented
human rights abuses."
Both were admissions that Presi-
dent Clinton's decision last spring to
remove the link between trading privi-
leges and human rights had done little
to promote improvements in either
area. China's trade surplus with the
United States was nearly $30 billion
last year, second only to Japan and
growing rapidly.
The trade dispute is serious. It
could, for example, result in China
turning to Europe for billions of dol-
lars worth of future aircraft purchases.
But both sides are likely to work
hard to keep it within manageable
GOP opposes
nomninee for
surgeon gen.
Republicans predicted trouble forPresi-
dent Clinton's surgeon general nomi-
nee yesterday, and chastised the White
House for not telling Congress sooner
that the doctor performed abortions.
"Will it be in some difficulty? Yes,"
Senate Majority LeaderBob Dole said,
when asked about the nomination of
Dr. Henry Foster Jr.
The Tennessee gynecologist-obste-
trician came to Clinton's attention
through a teen-age pregnancy program
he founded in Nashville's housing de-
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