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Page 8-Wednesday, May 14, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Officials: AUl NATO allies won't
increase defense spending by 3%

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From AP and UPI tment official who asked that he not be
BRUSSELS, Belgium-Officials named said some of the countries have
attending a meeting of North Atlantic failed to commit the money needed to
alliance defense ministers expressed increase their forces. NATO leaders
doubts yesterday that, despite U.S. agreed in Washington in 1978 tothe 3
proddings, all 15 NATO nations will per cent increase in spending to give
meet a pledge to increase defense the Soviet Union a signal that the West
spending by 3 per cent over the next was willing to back up its rhetoric.
five years. CANADA'S DEFENSE minister, J.
A high-ranking U.S. Defense Depar- Gilles Lamontagne, yesterday gave full
Ho use approves funds
for foodx stamp proram

support to U.S.-sponsored military
measures to counter the Soviet inter-
vention in Afghanistan and pledged to
meet the NATO goal to increase
defense spending 3 per cent or more.
But some countries, notably Turkey
and Portugal, will not meet the goal
because of financial difficulties. Two
countries with internal political
problems, Belgium and Italy, are
lagging. Denmark, which has one of the
highest per-capita incomes in the West,
has not increased its spending to meet
the agreement.
France, which does not participate in
NATO planning, has nevertheless im-
plemented the defense increase and has
augmented its forces in the Indian
Ocean and Persian Gulf. Greece is also
outside the planning structure.
THE OTHER NATO countries are
Iceland, Holland, West Germany, Nor-

The defense ministers, including
Defense Secretary Harold Brown,
. heard of an "ominous" growth in Soviet
military strength and agreed to a series
of measures to upgrade their forces.
Among the measures agreed to will
be a beefing up of European reserve
strength, additions to ammunition
stocks, a shifting of supplies from the
United States to Europe so they could
be deployed more quickly in case of war
and a commitment to make contracts
with European civilian airlines to move
troops from the United States to Europe
in case of war.
SECRETARY OF STATE Edmund
Muskie, who will meet with the NATO
foreign and defense ministers today,
said one goal of his trip is to "insure
that as the United States moves to
strengthen its forces in the Persian Gulf
the NATO forces would not be
weakened."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's
food stamp program would survive past
May 31 with the $2.56 billion ap-
propriation approved by the House
yesterday - but backers of the
measure say that sum probably won't
cover the program for the rest of this
fiscal year.
The House vote was 354-56, sending the
measure on to the Senate.
MEANWHILE, THE Senate Ap-
propriations Committee approved, by a
vote of 17-4, a $3 billion increase in
food-stamp spending to fund the
program through theend of fiscal 1980.
Sen. Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.), suc-
cessfully urged the committee to raise
the spending level from $2.7 billion, the
sum originally proposed.
"My personal feeling is this figure,

$2.7 billion, is significantly
inadequate," he said, adding, "We're
going into a recession, the depths of
which are not known at this time."
A SENATE-House conference on
Monday recommended a $3.3 billion
appropriation to pay for food stamps
through the end of the current fiscal
year, which ends Sept. 30. That is about
$740 million more than the House mea-
sure and $30 million more than the Sen-
ate proposal.
Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland
has said that if the program is to con-
tinue uninterrupted, Congress must
complete action on a package of food
stamp legislation by tomorrow. That is
the day he must notify states if the
program is to be suspended June 1.

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PRESIDENT CARTER AND Secretary of State Edmund Muskie talk out,
the White House yesterday prior to Muskie's departure for Europe. Mu
will attempt to persuade U.S. allies to continue their sanctions against Iran.

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