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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily-- Friday; Ma 91ยง64,
House rejects
new nerve gas
spending plan
From The Associated Press must develop a modern - and safer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House, deterrant.
rejecting President Reagan's claim REP. WILLIAM Dickinson, (R-Ala.),
that "it is absolutely essential that we ranking GOP member of the Armed
act now" to resume the manufacture of Services Committee, read the House a
chemical weapons, voted 247-179 letter from Reagan saying "I share
yesterday against the Pentagon's your revulsion" of such weapons, but
proposed $95 million purchase of com- "It is absolutely essential that we act
ponents for nerve gas bombs and shells. now on our modernization efforts" if
It marked the third consecutive year Moscow is to be convinced to sign a
the House has defeated the production treaty barring chemical stocks and
of so-called binary weapons, in which warfare.
two non-lethal chemicals would be tur- Reagan waged a similar "bargaining
ned into a deadly mix just seconds chip" argument for the MX.
before arriving at the target. And it The administration hoped to deflect
reaffirmed a voluntary freeze since opposition to the plan by asking for
1969 of the nation's chemical stockpile. production of binary components - but
not the weapons themselves - in 1985.
THE VOTE, with 53 Republicans The spending bill also would have
joining 194 Democrats on an amen- required Reagan to appoint a special
dment sponsored by Rep. Ed Bethune commission on whether actual assem-
(R-Ark.), came on the heels of another bly should begin.
jolt to Reagan's strategic buildup. But critics dismissed that as a sham.
Wednesday night, the House trimmed "We erode the spirit and the soul of this
Reagan's request for 40 MX missiles nation when the argument centers on
next year to just 15 - and then only if how much more capability we have to
the Soviets refused to return to arms have to kill how many more people,"
talks. said Rep. Barren Mitchell. (D-Md.)
Bethune told the House: "Let's keep Rep. Dante Fascell (D-Fla.)
the moral high ground. We haven't challenged contentions that proceeding
produced chemical weapons in 15 years with binary weapons would enhance
while the Soviets have been building up, Reagan's efforts to negotiate a treaty.
but ... we must overcome this military On the contrary, he said, killing the
inertia of asking for one weapon after program means "You're saying yes to
another." the president's efforts."
The administration, citing the age of Other major weapons systems
existing stocks and the alleged Soviet loomed as targets for cuts, as the House
use of chemical weapons in slowly wound its way through the huge
Afghanistan, insists the United States defense authorization bill.
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IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Educators charge racism ported by President Reagan.
NEW YORK The rapid spread Passage of the plan, which in-
of teacher competency testing as a cludes $48 billion in taxes, came af-
way of boosting educational quality ter four weeks of debate on a 65-32
has prompted charges of racism vote with 10 Democrats joining the
because of the high failure rate Republican majority.
among blacks and Hispanics. DeLorean forgives witness
Thirty states now require teacher LOS ANGELES - For the first
candidates to be tested before they time since his arrest on drug
can be certified, twice the number of charges, John De Lorean faced the
states in 1982. Arkansas will even men who launched the case against
require practicing teachers to pass him and told a reporter, "I forgive
them starting next year. him."
Now, 30 years after the landmark De Lorean made the comments
Brown v. Board of Education seconds before James Hoffman, a
Supreme Court ruling barred cocaine smuggler who turned in-
segregated schools, some educators formant, took the stand to testify as
fear that the spread of teacher the prosecution's star witness.
testing could make minority According to testimony in the
teachers an endangered species. trial, Hoffman, 43, who was once a
WWII suit dismissed high-time cocaine smuggler, set off
WASHINGTON - A federal judge a chain of events that led to De
yesterday dismissed a suit seeking Lorean's arrest in October 1982.
$24 billion from the U.S. government Rocldes expect more floods
f or interning 120,000 Japa nese-
Arianuring 1World0aranese- The soggy cities of the Rockies got
Americans durtg World War II. a break yesterday when a blast of
U.S. District Judge Louis Ober- cool Canadian air put a disastrous
hdrer said the statute of limitations snowmelt on hold, but forecasters
had expired for compensating the warned the flooding and mudslides
National Council forsugg anesthe are expected to surge over a hot
NationalCweekend.
American Redress, which filed the But there was no relief for the 400
suit, should petition Congress for the residents of Baggs, Wyo., who were
money. forced to take to the hills when a
El Salvador aid disputed dam broke Wednesday and water
WASHINGTON - House-senate washed four feet deep through the
conferees approached a showdown town on the Colorado border.
on military aid to El Salvador In southern Idaho, workers were
yesterday after closed-door racing-the clock to diga channel and
briefings on reports of a secret prevent serious flooding in a town of
Reagan administration plan for the 700 people downstream from a
CIA to ship arms to the embattled reservoir expected to overflow by
Central American country. this weekend.
Congress has already approved personal incomes rise .5%
164 million in military aid to El
Salvador, which is in the grip of a
prolonged civil war with leftist WASHINGTON - Americans'
guerrillas. The administration has personal income rose 0.5 percent in
requested an additional $179 million April and would have risen higher
but is supporting a $62 million com- except for a sharp decline in farm
promise approved by the . income, the government reported
Republican-controlled Senate. The yesterday.
House, controlled by Democrats, Consumer spending was up a
has not approved any additional strong 1.1 percent during April,
military aid, recovering from lackluster perfor-
Senate approves deficit mances in February and March.
The Commerce Department said
the $14.8 billion rise in personal in-
WASHINGTON - The come came despite a $15.6 billion
Republican-led Senate, seeking to decline in farmer earnings, which
reassure financial markets in an reflected the end of the gover-
election year, yesterday approved nment's payment-in-kind subsidy
the $144 billion three-year "down program.
payment" on the federal deficit sup-
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