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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 15, 1980-Page 5
Illinois House tables
ERA vote; backers
may try again soon

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UPI) - The
Illinois House, despite desperate last-
minute lobbying and political muscling,
yesterday put off a vote on the embat-
tled Equal Rights Amendment.
Rep. John Matijevick (D-North
Chicago), House sponsor of the
measure, said he decided not to call the
bill for a roll call because the 107 votes
were not there. He also said Republican
Gov. James Thompson had not done
enough to convert "no" votes into af-
firmative tallies.
"I AM CERTAIN the governor
provided virtually nothing," Matijevich
said.
Some ERA supporters predicted
failure by Illinois to ratify the proposed
amendment could spell the death knell
for the embattled proposal. Illinois is
the only northern industrial state not to
ratify the proposal, which needs three
other states to become part of the Con-
stitution.
Matijevich said he definitely would
not call the measure this week, and is
thinking about calling the resolution for
a vote next Wednesday.:

HE SAID HIS count of votes on the
issue showed the ERA was two votes
short of passage Wednesday and that
only 33 Republicans were for it. Thirty-
five Republicans voted for the ERA
during the last House vote on the issue,
taken June 22, 1978. Then, the ERA
failed by two votes, 105-71.
The two-vote shortage plagued the
backers of the proposed amendment all
day and triggered a barrage of lobbying
efforts on the floor, in the back rooms of
the Capitol and at the ezecutive man-
sion.
Matijevich said Chicago Mayor Jane
Byrne had "swung" at least four
legislators from "no" to "yes" votes.
INTENSE LOBBYING campaigns by
both ERA backers and opponents, in-
cluding news conferences, rallies, an
intensive mail campaign and media
advertising, have been waged all month
in preparation for yesterday's vote.
Su-pporters held an all-night vigil
Tuesday, brought national figures to
Springfield and got Carter, Thompson
and Byrne fo telephone reluctant
lawmakers.
Opponents, led by Phyllis Schlafly of
Alton, Ill., carried homemade bread to;
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FIVE-MONTH OLD Nancy Cline of Skokie poses with Phyllis Schlafly, head
of Stop ERA in the rotunda of the Illinois state capitol yesterday. Both pro-
and anti-ERA forces gathered as the House was expected to vote on the
amendmentyesterday. Supporters of ERA called off the vote late last night.

Koreans protest martial law

SEOUL, South K~orea (AP)-Demon-
strating students poured into downtown
Seoul yesterday, paralyzing traffic and
clashing with police in anti-government
protests. Police vehicles were burned
and wrecked in one of the five provin-
cial cities where demonstrations also
took place.
The government placed troops and
armored personnel carriers around the
Capitol building as the number of
demonstrators estimated in Seoul alone
increased to 30,000. It was not known
how many demonstrators were in-
volved outside Seoul.

RIOT POLICE, ARMED with clubs
and tear gas, were outnumbered here,
but troops armed with rifles did not
join police in fighting the demon-
strators. At least 200 students were
arrested.
#The volume and size of the demon-
strations reminded. some observers of
the uprisings that toppled the gover-
nment of president Syngman Rhee'in
1960.
The slogan-chanting students took to
the rain-swept streets of Seoul
demanding the lifting of martial law
and the resignation of new military

strongman Lt. Gen. Chun Doo-hwan.
THE MOST VIOLENT demonstration
of the day erupted in Taegu, Korea's
third largest city 140 miles south of
Seoul. About 500students reportedly set
fire to a police bus and wrecked three
other police vehicles while destroying'
,two police sub-stations.

Senate approves new
food stamp funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing an.
imminent deadline, the Senate voted $3.
billion Wednesday evening to prevent
the nation's food stamp program from
going broke next month.
But the Senate issued a pointed war-
ning to the Carter administration that it
did not intend to provide any more
money for food stamps in this fiscal
year even if the money runs out before
the year's end on Sept. 30.
THE APPROPRIATION was ap-
proved, 69-18.
Sen. Henry Bellmon (R-Okla.), spon-
sored an amendment warning the
Agriculture Department that, if need
be, it should cut benefits to food stamo
5 recipients to stretch the $3 billion to the
end of the fiscal year.
"There might be some minor disikip-

tion" if there are cutbacks, said
Bellmon. "But it wouldn't be unduly
painful on any recipient. We have been
quite generous. We've got to get some
discipline" in food stamp spending, he
said.
Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Mo.),
described the amendment . as
"somewhat draconian" and warned
that if unemployment rises much above
the current seven per cent level, the $3
billion will probably not be enough.
The Bellmon proposal was approved
by a voice vote after a motion to kill it
was defeated, 61-26.
Earlier, as part of the food stamp
rescue plan, the Senate approved a
companion measure to raise the ceiling
on allowable food stamp spending by a
vote of - .

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