Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Riley Cites Three Reasons For Making Congress Bid
By Frank N>p
Ask State Sc ii Tom Riley. 45, Cedar Rapids lawyer, why he wants to become the Second district’s congressman and he’ll rattle off three good reasons.
"I want to do my part in helping our country," he said in an mien lew, “I’m concerned about the preservation of the two-party system and, quite frankly, I enjoy being a legislator."
Riley, seeking the Republican nomination for the important office, explained that:
“It is sat isf\ mg to hav e a part in writing our laws and in helping to solve the problems of people on a class basis — Iowa s civil rights legislation being an example — and on an individual basis in cutting red tape."
lf he makes it to congress, the "primary objective" of this 10-year legislative veteran — four years as a state represen-tativ e (I tit) I-Ha) and six as a state senator (19(15-87 and 1971-75) — will be "to reform government at the national lev el "
“I think Iowa government has been reasonably responsive to the needs of Iowa citizens, " Riley expanded. "We haven't done everything that is desirable but we have been reasonably responsive ‘‘We have adopted property tax relief for senior citizens, property tax relief for all property owners through state school aid legislation and opened public meetings to the public.
“On agriculture, we have repealed the feeder cattle tax and passed the bill for a new meats laboratory at Iowa State university and another for research into the swine disease, transmissible gastroenteritis (TOE)."
Riley said the system bv which congress functions is archaic, which is one reason why that body is held in such low esteem, along w itll the presidency.
To change the system would be to restore some of the confidence people seem to have lost in congress, he believes.
Public Disclosure “I support the objectives of ( ommon Cause (the national citizens' lobby),” Riley continued. “which include such proposals as public disclosure bv lobbyists of expenditures to influence the congressional and executive branches of government, open caucuses, votes recorded in caucus, limitation on total campaign spending by candidates and on contributions for presidential and congressional campaigns.
“In addition. I support the elimination of the seniority system."
In this connection. Riley told ot initiating a new method of assigning bills to the senate judiciary committee he headed in 1^7 4-74 Bills were assigned in turn to subcommittees rather than to stat kid subcommittees, where thcv would receive the treatment favored by the chairman — the method used generally in both congress and the legislature.
Supports Report Riley said lie supports tin1 Bolling committee (Rep. Richard Bolling, Missouri) recommendations to reorganize congressional committees and w as disappointed its report wa*- killed by a secret vote in the Democratic house caucus recently."
In a nonpartisan aside, Riley acknowledged “our own congressman's e fforts in the reform move."
This reference was to ( nngressman John Culver.
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Riley’s answer to the seniority system is to let each congressional committee elect its own chairman rather than "hav mg it go to the' oldest person iii terms of sen ice. " Republicans Hurl Republicans have been hurt more than Democrats as a result of the loss of confidence in the presidency and congress. Riley said, "because the executive branch is controlled by Republican office holders."
"I don’t want Iowans to Hunk I condone anything that happened stemming basically from Watergate." Riley said “The question of illegal contributions affects both parties. of course. But Republicans have to go that extra mile to dissociate themselves from the c harge of improper campaign conduct."
Riley first expressed his displeasure with President Nixon's handling of Watergate last Oc tober when he sent him a telegram urging that he "turn over all the tapes" to tilt' appropriate authorities The run away economy uppermost in people’s minds, Riley said, should be dealt with on the basis that its primary cause is federal spending.
Would Reduce lie would reduce "but not on a meat-cleaver approach that hurts the good programs as well the bad."
He’d use1 a methodology called “value analysis,” developed by the private sector. to go to the "big dollar" spending, witll the military receiving “my critical attention.*’
lf government has to borrow it should be of a non-influ-titulary type, he said, and he would support legislation el-initiating income tax loopholes and requiring all those receiving income to pay their fair share of the tax burden
The house agric ulture committee would he Rilev’s first
cholee for assignment. ii elected. "not because I’m an expert but because iii Iowa the agricultural economy is the most important He would work to preserve the family farm, "not only out of concern for farm families hut for urban dwellers in terms of (I) the' social-economic consequences of migration to the city and (2) the ultimate cost to the consumer if agriculture winds up iii tilt' hands of a few conglomerate's On other subjects \ bort ion — \ Presbyterian. lie is personally opposed to it but has reservations about the effect of proposed (oust it ii t Iona I amendments. One would not permit an abortion to s,i\o the mother’s life; another would not permit it where rape or incest occ urred
Xmnc'stv — He supports amnesty on condition that those who refused to serve because of conscience perform public ser-v ice in Vista for a time equivalent to military service He served iii the Korean war himself, but thinks it may take a different kind of courage "to accept the' disapproval of your peers because of a principle.
“There never was any element of national security to our country because of the Vietnam war." he said "We had no business being there and there wasn’t an American boy's life worth losing in Indo-China "I would have served but I can understand tin' attitude of those who protested the war in Indo-China by one means or another "
Public financing — He supports the principle but lie also would permit small contnbu-
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Riley, married and the lather of one son and five daughters, is making Ins second run for congressman He' w.is the Republican candidate iii I oils, losing to Culver. I (HCH.") I to 84,834
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It s ironic that people today are eating more fruits and vegetables than people did 51) years ago — but we’re eating loss iii their fresh form. Instead we're eating processed
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