- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 7, 1998 N AT1ON/ WORLD
Democrats move to counter GOP
plans for impeachment inquiry
WASHINGTON (AP) - With a
House vote set for tomorrow on
launching an open-ended impeach-
ment inquiry, Democrats rushed to
counter Republican plans while still
underscoring their disapproval of
President Clinton's affair with Monica
At the White House, spokesperson
Joe Lockhart accused the GOP leader-
ship of using the impeachment issue
'to embarrass the president" and pro-
duce political gain for Republicans at
the polls this fall.
Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-
Texas) said the issue would come to the
floor for a vote tomorrow. Republican
officials expressed confidence they
would prevail, thus making Clinton the
third president in history to face possi-
ble impeachment proceedings.
"The fact of the matter is, it is about
obstruction of justice. It is about lying
to the American people," Armey told
reporters yesterday. "It is about using
all the instruments, and many of the
people in the White House ... to go out
and tell a story that the president him-
self knew to be untrue."
The GOP-controlled House Judiciary
Committee approved a sweeping
impeachment inquiry in a party-line
vote on Monday, after first brushing
aside two Democratic alternatives.
With midterm elections less than a
month away, political calculations
weighed heavily as the issue moved
toward a vote on the House floor.
Rank-and-file Democrats caucused
privately during the day to discuss their
response to the GOP proposal.
Leaders are likely to redraft a plan that
was offered in the Judiciary Committee
on Monday that would have limited the
scope of the inquiry to the Lewinsky
affair, and called for it to be concluded
by Nov. 25. A second proposal, authored
by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
would have required the committee to
first decide whether Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr's allegations, if
proven, would constitute impeachable
offenses. If so, the Judiciary Committee
would then be empowered to investigate
with unlimited time.
Party sources, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said the Democratic
rank-and-file group remains divided,
however. Some liberal lawmakers from
safe seats favor no inquiry on grounds
that Clinton's offenses don't rise to the
level of impeachment. But others,
including moderates who face difficult
election battles, are likely to vote for the
GOP measure, officials said.
"What works in nine districts doesn't
work in the 10th," said Rep. Gary
Ackerman of New York. He said the
Democratic leadership is "trying to fig-
ure out where the equilibrium is."
"There are Democrats from rural,
conservative districts who will lose if
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they don't vote" for the GOP proposal,
conceded one Democratic official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The White House would like all
Democrats to vote against the
Republican plan, officials said, to but-
tress the claim that the GOP is pushing
a partisan impeachment probe. But
House Democratic leader Dick
Gephardt's objective is somewhat dif-
ferent, officials said, and is to ensure the
re-election of as many Democrats as
possible this fall.
White House officials - concerned
with the president's fate - have circu-
lated polling in recent days suggesting
that Democrats will fare best nationally
in the elections if they oppose the GOP
measure. They say Republicans are vul-
nerable to election-year criticism that
they want to open the way to a pro-
longed investigation at a time when the
public favors a swift end to the
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"We need to deal with it at the
(University) Board of Regents
level," Dalman said. "One-third of
students coming from out of state at
a state-supported school does not
Regent Phil Power (D-Ann Arbor),
the only incumbent running for re-
election this year, said residency
should not be an issue in admissions,
and that there is a much greater issue
"The issue is how we get the most
diverse student body, so we can
augment the University experience,"
Gov. John Engler does not support
quotas but said he would like to see
as many Michigan students that are
qualified admitted to Michigan
He said work on primary educa-
tion will help students have the tools
needed to be admitted.
Schwarz said this argument will
continue, and the University should
not bow down to people and let
unqualified students into the
University just because they are
from the state.
"The University of Michigan has
been called an elite school, and
that's because it is an elite school,"
Schwarz said. "It takes the best of
the best. No one should ever suggest
that the University should lower
"There will always be a repository
of ill will toward Michigan,"
The University works to recruit
and admit students from the state
every year, Wilbanks said.
"Admissions decisions are very
near and dear to the University,"
Wilbanks said. "We have to make
sure the Legislature doesn't trample
on the University autonomy."
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Senate sends farm
aid plan to Clinton
WASHINGTON -- Senate
Republicans sent their $4.1 billion farm
aid package to President Clinton yester-
day despite his admonition "not to leave
town" before adding more money.
Clinton and the Democrats have
pushed a $7.3 billion plan that would
rely mostly on giving farmers an extra
$5 billion through a program that sub-
sidizes growers when commodity
prices fall below set levels.
The 55-43 Senate vote for the
smaller package sets the stage for
Clinton's certain presidential veto.
It also means the $60 billion overall
agriculture spending bill. to whirti the
relief package is attached, is on hold
until lawmakers reach an agreement,
which must come soon. GOP leaders
have said they hope to complete all of
their spending work by this weekend,
when Congress is scheduled to
"Today the Senate had one last
chance to improve this bill," said Tom
Amontree, spokesperson for
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.
"We're disappointed they didn't do it."
Senate Majority Leader Trent- Lott
(R-Miss) said if the president goes ahead
and vetoes the bill, Republicans plan
try to attach it to an omnibus sped
bill with other appropriations measures.
during hostage siege
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- An armed
postal worker who once worked for
the city took the mayor and two
council members hostage yesterday.
He then waged a gun battle with
police when the officers heard sho
Five people, including a nolice-
man and the gunman, were wound-
The shooting began about 8 a.m.
as the City Council was preparing to
meet in a City Hall annex, some 60
miles east of Los Angeles. Joseph
Neale barged into the council
lounge and locked the door, police
AROUND THE NATI-N
GOP seeks alternative to dead tax cut
WASHINGTON - Acknowledging their $80 billion tax cut has no chance of
passing the Senate, Republican leaders are assembling a minimal package that
would renew expiring business tax credits and possibly include a few nuggets for
favored groups such as farmers and the elderly.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) wouldn't officially pronounce the
death of the House-passed bill yesterday, insisting that "parts of it might stills
salvaged" in the smaller package.
But Lott's chief of staff, J. David Hoppe, wrote the White House that the pack-
age fell victim to Democratic resistance.
President Clinton vowed to veto the tax cuts because they would spend part of
the projected budget surplus instead of reserving "every penny" for Social
"Our attempt to help the American people by cutting their taxes will have to
wait for another day," Hoppe wrote.
The House measure passed Sept. 26 would provide $80 billion in tax relief over
five years for farmers, married couples, the elderly who work, small business oper-
ators, people with modest savings accounts and people saving for a private college
Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) blamed the demise on Democratic election-ye
claims that the GOP tax cuts amounted to a raid on Social Security.
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Saudi to close today
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The U.S.
missions in Saudi Arabia will close
today to review security because of
information the embassy in Riyadh
could be the target of a terrorist attack.
The embassy in Riyadh and the con-
sulates in Jiddah and Dhahran would
close until Saturday to "review present
security measures and to implement
physical security enhancements," the
U.S. Embassy said in a statement yes-
The missions are normally closed
Thursday and Friday, in line with local
The statement said the U.S. govern-
ment had "received information indicat-
ing a terrorist attack may be planned on
the American Embassy in Riyadh." It
did not elaborate.
The embassy statement noted that a
number of US. embassies and con-
sulates "have received threats of possi-
ble terrorist activity" since the Aug. 7
bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi,
Kenya, and Dar es Saalam, Tanzania, in
which 259 people were killed and more
than 5,000 injured.
The U.S. ions in Saudi Arabia closed
for a day in August after retaliatory
missile strikes on Afghanistan a
The attack on Afghanistan was aimed
at camps run by exiled Saudi dissident
Osama bin Laden.
Vandals steal statue
head, smash others
PARIS - Vandals lopped off the
head of a 13th-Century statue ont
Notre Dame Cathedral and smashe
five other statue heads with a hammer,
officials said yesterday.
The damage to the grand cathedral,
one of France's most prized masterpieces,
took place at the Portal of St.Anne,
where some of the church's oldest statues
look out onto the grand square in frdnt.
The portal is being restored and is
A Culture Ministry statement,
issued late yesterday, did not say wv
day the damage took place.
-- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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