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Page 8-Thursday, June 5, 1980--The Michigan Daily

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House, Senate
ignore threat of
veto, kill Carter
gas tax plan

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WASHINGTON (AP)-By over-
whelming margins, both the House and
the Senate ignored a veto promise
yesterday and voted to kill President
Carter's dime-a-gallon gasoline fee.
Both chambers disapproved the fee
by well over the two-thirds vote that
would be needed to override the
threatened veto.
HOWEVER, DIFFERENCES bet-
ween House and Senate formats kept
the legislation from going straight to
the president's desk.
The Senate last night approved the
repeal measure 73-16 as an amem-
dment to a bill to extend the federal
debt limit. The House, by a 376-30
margin earlier in the day, voted to kill
the fee outright, apart from the debt
limit issue.
Thus, it will be up to the House today
to either accept the Senate version or
request a House-Senate conference
committee to iron out the differences.
AFTER ADOPTING the fee-repeal
legislation as an amendment, the
Senate went on to approve the overall
debt limit extension by 67-20. However,
the 73-16 vote on the oil fee was seen by
both supporters and opponents as the
crucial vote on the gasoline tax issue.

Regardless of its final form, the
measure to kill the fee, which thus far
has been blocked from taking effect by
a federal judge, is expected to reach the
White House within the next few days.
And Carter reiterated yesterday his
intention to veto it, telling reporters af-
ter the House action that he would cast
the veto no matter how lopsided the
margins against him.
CARTER SAID imposition of the fee
was "not a popular decision ... but in
my judgment it is right for our coun-
try."
Failure to impose it, the president
said, will "send a clear signal to oil-
producing nations and oil-consuming
nations that we do not mean business,
that we will not take a firm stand to
conserve oil and we will pay much
higher prices for oil in the future."
White House press secretary Jody
Powell acknowledged the White House
could not now muster enough votes to
sustain a veto of the repeal bill.
If Carter is overridden, it would be
the first time a Democratic president
has been overridden since 1952, when
Congress forced an immigration
naturalization bill into law over Harry
Truman's protest.

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Bullard, Gotuwka, Schwartz
plan campaigns for Nov.

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programs will be difficult to finance if
the controversial Tisch tax proposal is
approved by voters in November.
Bullard, 37, currently chairs the
House Labor Committee, and serves as
a member of the Judiciary, Taxation,
and Civil Rights committees. A
graduate of Harvard University and the
University of Michigan School of Law,
he has lived in Ann Arbor for 11 years.
GOTOWKA, A secretary at Ford
Motor Co.'s Engineering and Research
Center for 24 years, said she is running
for Congress because she feels "a
change from the present direction this
country is taking is imperative for sur-
vival."
Gotowka proposes a five-year-plan to
create millions of jobs which would end
the nation's recession quickly, she said.
Under her plan, all construction con-
tractors, new home buyers, and new
car buyers would be eligible for in-
terest-free government loans.
Also, to help increase demand for
steel, Gotowka is promoting "Helen's
Overland Project," two 400-foot-wide
runways spanning the entire continent
for new-giant-sized ocean-going hover-
craft manufactured in Great Britain.
"This would abolish the need for the
Panama Canal," she said.
OTHER PROPOSALS promoted by
Gotowka include:r-"evamping tthe
Federal Reserve System, removing

windfall profits taxes, upgrading the
nation's defense system, and providing
tax exemptions for pet owners.
Gotowka, the Republican nominee for
Wayne County Clerk in 1972, said she
has been active politically for 25 years.
"I have run for just about everything
there is to run for," she said. "I haven't
won yet, but I've gotten a lot of ex-
perience."
Gotowka, 58, graduated from Wayne
State University in 1964 with a degree in
psychology. She resides in Dearborn
Heights, just outside the 2nd
congressional district.
SCHWARTZ, 39, WHO is seeking the
office of Washtenaw County
Prosecutor, said she hopes to assure
proper administration in the office.
She criticized incumbent prosecutor
Delhey for continuing his private law
practice, rather than devoting his effor-
ts completely to the position.
Schwartz, who maintains her own
private law practice in Ann Arbor,
promised to devote her full efforts to
the position. "Cases are lost now at the
trial and appellate level due to a lack of
effective training and supervision," she
said.
The Democratic challenger said she
has had the opportunity to work "on
both sides" of the criminal justice
system as former director of the
Michigan Supreme Court's Judicial
Planning Committee.

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