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SENATE SAYS MX SECRETS NEED NOT BE REVEALED
Defense victory for Reagan
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - The Senate yesterday defeated
an attempt to force President Reagan to share with
Congress the decisions on deploying the MX missile
The victory for the White House was a positive
start for the administration as the Senate began work
on the record $136.5 billion defense budget requested
by the president.
IT SIGNALED THAT REAGAN andthe Pentagon,
seeking to bolster the armed forces with new and
more weapons systems, would get virtually all they
asked from the Republican-dominated Senate, which
has become increasingly defense-conscious in recent
"Our military is second to the Soviets and that is no
place to be," Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) told the
Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D-Wash.) said the bill
"will reverse the slow but steady erosion of our
defense capability over the years."
SEN. GARY HART (D-Colo.) supported the bill,
which authorizes military spending in the 12 months
starting Oct. 1, but complained that the measure did
not contain the innovative weaponry he said is "im-
portant for winning wars."
Hart said that instead of spending money on "the
same general kinds of ships, planes and tanks we
have been designing and buying for decades," the
U.S. should buy new kinds of weapons to "make
many of the opponent's assets, forces and tactics ob-
The first test came on an amendment by Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.) which would have given Congress an
equal say with Reagan in the deployment of the MX.
It would have required an affirmative vote in the
Senate and House before the administration could
proceed with deployment.
"LET CONGRESS, ON SUCH A controversial
issue, have some say," said Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-
Ark.). "If I were the president of the United States, I
would not want that responsibility alone."
The Senate buried the suggestion on a 59-39 vote as
Republicans argued the amendment would infringe
on Reagan's executive powers.
The vote left intact a provision in the bill which
gives Congress power, by a vote of both houses, to
override a presidential decision on where the missiles
are to be based.
SEN. JOHN TOWER (R-Texas), chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee, said the amen-
dment was intended "to make it easier to kill the MX
Sen. Dale Bumpers countered that rejecting the
amendment would establish "a dangerous precedent
of abdicating our authority to make decisions on
major weapons systems affecting the security of thd
The bill includes $2.4 billion for the MX system,
which the administration favors but has not decided
where to base. A Defense Department panel is to
report July 1 whether the missiles should be placed in
desert silos in Utah and Nevada, aboard submarines,
THE TENTATIVE PLAN TO deploy the MX in the
Western desert has prompted criticism from the
Mormon Church and leading politicians in the region
who say it would be socially and environmentally
'guarded' after attack
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"He was not hit in any vital organs,"
Dr. Castiglioni, one of the three-man
surgical team, said after the operation
when the pontiff was moved to the in-
tensive care unit.
HE SAID THE pope was shot twice in
the lower intestine. One bullet passed
through the body, causing another
wound when it left. Another stayed in
the body and was extracted by
surgeons, Castiglioni said. The pope
also had two slight wounds on his right
arm and one on his left hand.
After the 5 -hour operation and
blood transfusions, the 60-year-old pope
was transferred to the hospital's
emergency care unit where he was ex-
pected to remain for 48 hours. The
operation began at 11:55 p.m. EDT and
ended at 5:25 p.m. EDT.
Some church and political leaders
issued strongly worded statements
calling the attack on "a man of peace"
a disturbing example of growing world
violence. Others urged swift justice for
the pontiff's attacker.
PRESIDENT Reagan, who survived
an assassination attempt six weeks
ago, was shocked when he heard the
news and said, "I'll pray for him," ac-
cording to the White House. He called
Cardinal Terence Cooke in New York to
express "the sorrow of the American
people" and his personal concern for
In Krakow, where John Paul was ar-
chbishop before his election to the
throne of St. Peter, the bells of Wawel
Cathedral rang out at evening, joined
by steady ringing from the belitowers
of 70 other churches there, the news
agency PAP reported.
The Polish Roman Catholic Church
expressed "deep shock" over the
shooting of the pontiff and said "the
whole church of Poland is praying for
his speedy return to health."
EVANGELIST Billy Graham called
the shooting "a tragic illustration of the
moral and spiritual chaos which infects
Television networks broke off their
regular programming and began to
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