The Michigan Daly
Vol. XCI, No. 3-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, June 8, 1981
From AP and UPI silently and a packed gallery watched
WASHINGTON - The House defied intently.
WASHNGTN -The ous deied "You close the door on America"
its Democratic leaders yesterday and when voting for the Reagan-backed bill,
approved President Reagan's austerity he declared.
budget, endorsing a historic rollback of But Rep. Phil Gramm of Texas, a
social programs that started with the conservative Democrat instrumental in
New Deal R lining up votes to pass the plan, said,
House Republicans voted "We're asking that America's
unanimously for the $688.8 bilihon traditional economic and political
budget, and 63 Democrats joined them values be allowed to work again."
in the 253-176 vote despite the emotional AND REP. BOB MICHEL of Illinois,
pleas of their leaders to save the the Republican leader, said, "Let
programs "that made America great." history record that we provided the
It was the finest legislative hour to margin of difference that changed the
date for Reagan, who had lobbied in- course of American government."
tensively to get his measure through Although the Democrats hold a
the one chamber where Democrats majority of 241-190, it was clear in days
have numerical control. leading up to the vote that- the House
CONSERVATIVE Democrats was ready to back a president whose
aligned with a rock-solid Republican popularity, already high, soared in the
minority to choose Reagan's austerity days following a March 30
spending plan for 1982 over an alter- aysiaongterpt.
native backed by the Democratic assassination attempt
leadership. O'Neill conceded Democratic defec-
Final passage, a mere formality, was tions would be "extremely high," and
virtually assured later in the day. . suggested Reagan might win by 90
Opponents of the president's proposal votes ina House where Democrats have
assailed it to the end. a 51-seat majority. The margin, as it
"DO YOU WANT TO meat-ax the turned out, was 77 on the most critical
programs that made American great, tally.
or do you want to go slow in correcting "The deficit is the Reagan deficit. In-
the errors of the past?" Speaker terest rates . - . are the Reagan interest
Thomas P. O'Neill (D-Mass) said as he rates. Inflation, which economists tell
concluded debate in a chamber where us is going to soar, is the Reagan in-
hundreds of congressmen listened flation," O'Neill said.
Escorted to cemetery
Escorted by masked riflemen of the Irish Republican Army, the body of
hunger striker Bobby Sands is carried through a mass of spectators near his
Belfast home yesterday. "He symbolizesthe Irish nation which has never
surrendered and never will," said a spokesman. See Story, Page 6.
LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William
Milliken signed into law yesterday a bill
boosting aid for Michigan's hard-
pressed colleges and universities by
about 12 percent in the coming fiscal
The $716.5 million higher education
budget for the fiscal year beginning
Oct. 1 makes up for cuts of about 5 per-
cent imposed under the current austere
budget. It is up from a total of $635.3
million this year.
COLLEGES ACROSS THE state have
been forced to raise tuition and cutback
academic programs. Michigan State
University, perhaps the hardest hit, is
considering laying off as many as 100
tenured professors in a rare belt-
MSU, Michigan's largest university,
will. receive $154.2 million under the
budget. The arch-rival University of
Michigan, the second-largest college,
also will get about $154.2 million.
The state police budget for 1981-82,
which also funds the Department of
Military Affairs, totals $144 million, up
from $123.7 million in the current fiscal
THE GOVERNOR vetoed funding for
the $1.2 million, state-federal Operation
CARE. Milliken said the holiday high-
way safety program may be eliminated
from the federal budget and the state
should not commit its $352,500 share of
the cost without closer evaluation of the
See MILLIKEN, Page 15