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Clinton to ask for
$300M more in
WASHINGTON (AP) - To combat
terrorism in the skies, the Clinton
administration recommended yesterday
that computer profiles be done on air-
line passengers and that airports install
advanced bomb-detection devices.
The administration said it would ask
Congress for 8300 million to buy the
bomb detectors. The request was just
one of several recommendations made
by the White House Commission on
Aviation Safety and Security, created on
July 25 by President Clinton in the after-
math of the crash of TWA Flight 800.
But Vice President Al Gore and other
panel members were quick to point out
that the battle against terrorism is likely
to continue, regardless of the new secu-
rity measures being proposed.
"We may never see an end to terror-
ism, but we sure are going to do our
level best to combat it," said Gore, the
The proposal for the government pay
for the machines, which cost more than
Si million apiece broke a logjam. In
recent years, airlines and airport offi-
cials have balked at paying for the
equipment. arguing that the govern-
ment should foot the bill.
Gore's commission apparently agrees.
"The initial purchase of these
machines should be financed by the
supplemental appropriation." Gore
said, "because it is clear that the terror-
ist attacks ... represent an attack on the
United States of America. There is
clearly a national interest here."
Among the other key recommenda-
A computer-profiling system to
track passengers and identify those
with suspicious travel patterns.
® New security measures for the
screening of mail and cargo carried
aboard passenger aircrafti.
Mandatory fingerprinting and
criminal background checks for all air-
line personnel with preflight access to
planes and baggage.
* A requirement for a 100-percent
match between passengers and luggage
on an aircraft.
U More bomb-snitfin dogos in air-
* Increased use of FBI counter-ter-
rorism training at airports abroad where
specific security threats have been doc-
With the exception of the supplemen-
tal budget request for the bomb-detec-
tion machines, none of the initiatives
requires congressional authorization.
"Most of the new security measures
we are going to be recommending can
be put in place immediately," Gore said.
"These actions are tougth. doable, and
we're going to get them in place quick-
ly and effectively..
Gore aides said Republican congres-
sional leaders were being briefed on the
budget request today"There is a sense
that something will get through
Congress," said one administration
official, who spoke only on condition
that he not be identified.
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Longress behind schedule, already talking
about another government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) - Just days
after returning to work. Congress is
1behind schedule in passing spending
,ills and Republicans and Democrats
already are passing around blame in
case there is another government shut-
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott,
(R-Miss.), accused Democrats yester-
day of stalling action on appropriations
bills with an eye to creating an issue in
the presidential election. "I have a
sneaking suspicion there is a slow-
rolling process already being planned,"
"We're about to have the government
shut down again," said House Minority
Leader Dick Gephardt, (D-Mo.) "We
need to do our work, we need to keep
the government from shutting down."
Congress must send the president 13
bills appropriating funds for federal
programs before Oct. 1, when fiscal
year 1997 begins.
So far, President Clinton has signed
*nly one - a $54 billion bill to fund
agriculture and nutrition programs.
Yesterday the Senate approved two of
the smaller bills, $10 billion for military
construction and $719 million for the
District of Columbia. On Tuesday, it
passed a measure funding the legisla-
tive branch at 52.17 billion.
With time running out before the fis-
cal year begins and lawmakers eager to
leave town to campaign, big-ticket bills
for education, the environment,
Diefense, foreign affairs and housing
The House passed all 13 bills before
Congress recessed in August, but the
Senate trails behind.
Since returning to work Tuesday, the
Senate has been trying to wade through
dozens of amendments to an 884.7 bil-
lion bill to fund veterans, housing,
space and other programs.
Lott, referring to the Democrats.
said: "They may like the idea of a gov-
ernment shutdown, because last time
Bill Clinton shut the government down,
he blamed it on Congress."
controlled Congress and the White
House over spending priorities and a
balanced budget resulted in two partial
government shutdowns last winter.
Polls showed that most Americans felt
the Republicans were more at fault in
causing the crisis.
"We all know that the Republicans
shut the government down last winter
and we think they've been chastened by
it," said Senate Minority Leader Tom
Daschle denied any Democratic
intent to sabotage the legislative
process, and said Republicans were
causing delays by introducing contro-
versial legislation and refusing to allow
He referred to a House-passed bill
barring federal recognition of gay mar-
riages that Lott had sought to bring to
the Senate floor this week. Action was
postponed when Republicans objected
to proposed amendments by Democrats
that would ban workplace discrimina-
tion against homosexuals and would
add violence against gays to federal
"hate crime" laws.
Democrats will try to attach those
amendments to spending bills if the
GOP leadership does not allow them to
be considered as part of the gay mar-
riage measure, he said: "We won't be
denied the right to offer amendments.
We'll just have to find other vehicles to
Daschle also predicted that
Republican plans to trim education pro-
grams "will be a very serious and con-
Lott promised "serious measures" to
counter any delaying tactics, suggesting
late-night or weekend sessions to keep
the appropriations bills on track. le
insisted that Republicans are trying to
send Clinton legislation he can sign -
last year he vetoed several over contro-
versial spending cuts or social initia-
tives - and that if Democrats seek
another fiscal train wreck, "I'm serving
notice right now, they're not going to
get away with that"
Despite the rhetoric, the likelihood of
another shutdown is small. What's
expected is that the Republican leader-
ship will roll all those bills the Senate
has not acted on. or the House and
Senate have not agreed on, into one
giant spending bill called a "continuing
Nobody welcomes that outcome, but
few would object as their attention turns
to the November election.
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