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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Bending Capitol Hill to his ivill By HOD CUHKIE WASHINGTON (CP) With he Democratic-controlled 82nd Congress within days of the ialf-way point in its two-year lie, it is apparent that Presi- dent Nixon has seized the offen- sive in White House dealings with Capitol Hill. He's been getting pretty much us own way of fate. Although a few Democrats >rotest that the way things have wen going simply reflects greater co-operation between hese two wings of government, many observers remain skepti- cal gcertainly there has been a marked change in the balance of power with the president, ca- icling and threatening, bending Congress to his will. It was not always so. Early in .he session the Congress, with an air of near arrogance, re- buffed the president at every LISTENING IN Three-year-old Jonathan Bess, hoping for some advance informa- 'ion on Christmas presents, lends an ear while Santa Claus makes a call from booth on Jowntown Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Or with the paunch gone, was it o call for a downtown Portag "taxi, British Columbia's economy shows substantial growth The lethbridge Herald Fourth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, December 15, 1971 Pages 45-58 Nixon getting his own way with congress urn. Despite his personal inter- vention, for instance, Congress rejected a ninncy bill to cover development of the supersonic plane after a long and heated battle. Most humiliating oi all, the Senate rejected two Nixon Southern con- servaiives-lo the U.S. Supreao Court. RELATIONS EASIER Recently, perhaps encouraged by broad public support for his economic program and his suc- cession of face-to-face meetings with world leaders, Nixon has been far more demonstrative in his dealings with Congress. And, rushing to clear business before the month-long Christ- mas recess, Congress has been unusually amenable to Nixon. At his'bidding, it extended the military draft for two years and provided billion military pay increase he called for. Var- ious attempts to bind him to a set date for total U.S. with-1 lions gives drawal from Vietnam havo failed although a vague clause, full of loopholes, was approved. Congress also approved exten- sion of the president's stand-by authority lo enforce wage-price controls at home. Two new conservatives- were proposed for the Supreme Court and won approval. When Nixon asked for federal backing for loans to keep the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. afloat, he got a long debate mounted by Democratic critics. His veto of the child-care plan, inducing assistance to poor working mothers, brought forth an avalanche of emotional criticism. But the house could not raise the necessary two- thirds majority to overrule o presidential veto. CAN REASSERT ITSELF Although the present stale of Nixon the edge ap- pherc. i! could provide a f he 1972 presidential I in which Congress will s forum will seek to ils authority. Except preaching the 1972 p: elections, there is plenty of time j reasse and opportunity for Congress to j for the Moscow mission, Presi- rcasscrt itself in the new year. di nt Nixon's highly publicised It is traditional that Congress globe-trotting will be is most productive during the second half, having used much ther and the Democratic major- ily might have hotter luck edg- Ihe first year moving pro- inB Congress into Hi- limelight. pcsed legislation through tlie I committee stages. Also, the Senate has not given up the fight for a Vietnam with- drawal date. I Sandwiches took trip SOUTHAMPTON, England (CP) It took a long time but Having failed in earlier at-; bus ,lohn Barker's sand- tempts. Senate Majority Leader cal'ght "P .wiUl Mike Mansfield and others sought to have such an amend- ment tack'-il on lo the foreign aid bill. But because of the dis- array in the race to conclude the session, they had to settle fcr a compromise. Foreign aid will continue at about its preslnl level until next March, when the battle will start again. White House-Capitol Hill rck> In an cleclion-year atmos- him. The package of sandwiches Barker took along with liirn on a shuttle ride to this Hampshire port from the east coast harbor of Harwich was accidentally loaded on the ship which later carried his passengers to South Africa. Weeks later, Barker re- chived his sandwich package, returned to him from the ship's South African destination point. I VICTORIA (CP) Columbia's economy expe- rienced "substantial real growth" during 1971, Waldo M. Skillings, minister of industrial development, trade and com- merce said loday. The minister said the growth is evidenced by a rise of 11 per cent in the gross provincial product to billion. Accompanying this growth was a record level of retail sales in the province, he said. PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE Give The Gift of Elegance A Beautiful FUR Free Gift Wrapping All gifts gladly exchanged after Christmas 20% OFF SIZE DRESS SALE PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 10% to 30% OFF This increase in sales, to al- most S3.5 billion, resulted from the combination of higher em- ployment and a dramatic rise in average income, Mr. Skil- lings said. The minister made his re- marks while releasing the an- nual summary of economic ac- tivity in British Columbia, a publication of his department which examines the perform ance of the major sectors of the provincial economy during the past year. GIVES REASON Mr. Skillings said the "im- pressive economic growth" was accomplished coincidental- ly with the smallest average annual increase of 2.7 per cent in the consumer price index since 1965. "Although an undesirable up- ward trend in prices was evi- dent in the closing months of the year, the Canadian per- formance during 1971 was ex- tremely good in comparison will] other industrialized na- tions." The minister singled out Ihe growth in capital investment as a "good indicator" of the strength of tire province's eco- nomy. The total value of new and repair investment in B.C. j increased by 22 per cent over m j 1970, to an estimated bil- J lion, he said. fr; A major source of this i growth was investment in the primary resource industries. However, he said, all sectors of the construction industry cx- ifo pandcd significantly over when there were prolonged work stoppages. JUST ARRIVED NEW SHIPMENT OF FUN FURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS ana' A HAPPY NEW YEAR from HI and THEtMA CAtMAN and MRS. MARY BOUMBERGER IF HAS BEEN A PLEASURE SERVING YOUI OPEN THURS. AND FRI. Til 9 P.M. i? YORK FURS 604A 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3276 "Service and Qualily for over 34 Yeari" Dangerous ducking GREENFORD, England (CP) Marcus Drake. 12, set out to show his friends that lie was as Rood a sailor as his famous namesake. lie proudly clam- bered alraard his ship, a bat- tered pram, and headed into the River Brent in Middlesex. But Ihc pram sank and Marcus had lo be rescued by the fire bri- gade. His comment: "I have no ambition lo join the navy now." The government-owned Brit- ish Broadcasting Corp. is broad- casting art lessons for (he blind given by artist Gordon Slenl, who lost his sight 12 years ago. hnstmas Complete Gift Heac quarters with these late shopper specials! MINIATURE BATTERY OPERATED POWER TOOLS-SABRE SAW CIRCULAR SAW-HAND DRILL TOUCH COMMAND Remote Control Car HAND CONTROL FOR FORWARD, REVERSE, LEFT AND RIGHT TURN 2.79 101 GAMES BOARD TO PLAY 101 GAMES INDOOR OUTDOOR TABLE TENNIS SETS SORRY BY PARKER BROS............. 5.49 4.50 3 COUNSELOR BATHROOM SCALE IN GREEN, WHITE AND BROWN PLUSH ANIMALS from to 11.95 REDUCED CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS RAGGIMALS STUFFED ANIMAL DOLLS ____ 2.75 DOUBL-GLO AND SATIN SHEEN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS REDUCED 4 ROLL GIFT WRAP STICK ON JEWEL T MODEL 778 TORCAN INTERIOR CAR WARMER 10'95 it Torcan Battery Charger n HAND MIXER 3305 2nd Ave. N., Lethbridge Phone 328-6326 STORE HOURS: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY WITH NIGHT SHOPPING TILL 9 P.M. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ;