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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No. 24-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, June 11, 1980 Ten Cents Twelve Pages

Senate

v

rejects
registration
for females

WASHINGTON (AP)-The Senate,
heading for an all-night session on
renewal of peacetime draft
registration, rejected a proposal
yesterday to require women to register
along with men.
The 51-40 vote apparently guaranteed
a court test of the constitutionality of an
all-male registration program. The
American Civil Liberties Union said it
would file suit to challenge any
registration system that excluded
women.
THE VOTE CAME while the Senate
met into the night to burn up the allot-
ted time for the remaining debate.
On a 62-32 vote earlier yesterday, the
Senate approved a debate-limiting
cloture petition, which restricted the
five-day old discussion on registration
to 100 additional hours.
Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), leader
of the registration opponents, vowed to
use "every parliamentary procedure
open to me" to keep the debate going
the full 100 hours.
"I KNOW OF no other issue the
Senate will take up that will be of more
importance," said Hatfield.
Democratic and Republican leaders
have predicted registration will be ap-
proved, once it is brought to a final
vote.
Senate Democratic Leader Robert
Byrd of West Virginia, an advocate of
registration and the draft as well, ac-
cused Hatfield of waging a "post-
cloture filibuster"and urged the Senate
to move on to other business.
BYRD SAID THE Senate has only 55
working days remaining to complete
the year's work before the target ad-
journment date of Oct. 1.
Shortly thereafter, members were
alerted to plan for an all-night session.
Registration of women was proposed
by Sens. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.)
and Carl Levin (D-Mich.). Their
proposal originally was ruled as not
germane to the pending measure,
which appropriates money to register
men.
HOWEVER, THE RULING was
overturned on a 55-37.vote, clearing the
way for debate and a decision on
registration of women.
Carter had requested authorization to

register women. The House and Senate
Armed Services committees rejected
the idea.
Kassebaum said registration of
women was "a matter of simple com-
mon sense and equity.... In the event
of mobilization, women as well as men
will be needed, just as they have been
needed in past conflicts."
ON THE OTHER side of the
argument, Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) sid
there is no military necessity to
register women.
Byrd and Senate Republican Leader
Howard Baker were surprised by the
cloture vote. Both had predicted in ad-
vance that the Senate would not vote to
limit debate yesterday, but probably
would do so today.
The timing of a final vote on the
overall program was uncertain, but
leaders of both parties predicted
registration would be approved by the
Senate. It already has been passed by the
House.
For five days, the Senate has been AP Photo
debating a plan to spend $13.3 million to PRESIDENT CARTER WAVES to a Miami crowd Monday evening shortly
before angry blacks assaulted his car with bottles and rocks. Carter flew to
See SENATE, Page 9 Seattle, Wash., to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors yesterday.
Carter hint to mtayo rs
of limited aid or jo bless
From AP and UPI But the president quickly added: "We and arbitrary rollbacks of government
SEATTLE - President Carter hinted will maintain fiscal discipline in programs are the answers."
to the nation's mayors yesterday that Washington and we will not take action "Such facile quick fixes should be
he may take some emergency steps if which will fuel inflation." recognized as political doubletalk and
unemployment continues to soar, but he The Democratic caucus of the ideological nonsense," he said.
drew the line well short of the massive mayors' conference later passed THE MAYORS applauded the state-
pump priming that they want. resolutions renewing their year-old en- ment, the only time they reacted during
Carter also accused his probable dorsement of Carter and asking Sen. his speech.
GOP opponent, Ronald Reagan, of Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), to get out The Kennedy resolution, propsed by
"political doubletalk and ideological of the race for the sake of party unity. Mayor Dennis Lynch of Pawtucket,
nonsense." CARTER DID not mention Reagan RI., asked Kennedy to give up the race
"IF RECESSION should deepen and by name but the target of his criticism "in the sake of party unity and to en-
unemployment continues to rise was clear in his speech to the mayors. sure a Democratic victory across this
unabated, I will work closely with you "I am determined to restore our land in November."
and we will take other steps which may economic leadership without turning Carter did not specify what "other
be necessary;" Carter told the annual our backs on the poor, the elderly and steps" he might- take or how much he
convention of the U.S. Conference of the weak," the president said. "I reject' might spend on them, but the offer -
Mayors the easy promise that massive tax cuts See CARTER, Page 5.

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