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Vol. 91 - No. 249 14 Pages
December 23,1982 2S cents
(USPS 377-880?Senate breaks logjam, passes gas tax
WASHINGTON IAP) The Senate voted today to increase the federal gasoline tax by a nickel, finally ending its ordeal over the legislation, and the 97th Congress.
After an HI-5 vote choking off the latest in a string of conservative-led filibusters more than tin* GO affirmative votes necessary the Senate passed the measure 54-33 and sent it to President Reagan, who has pushed for the bill.
The action cleared the way for the Senate to adjourn, nearly two days after the House left town. White House spokesman Peter Roussel said Reagan would not sign the bill today because it probably would not arrive there in time.
Sen. Howard M Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, asked whether the gasoline tax vote would complete the Senate's
business for the year.
“Yea, verily I say without reservation.” Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr.. R-Tenn., responded enthusiastically.
Vice President George Bush, acting in his role as presiding officer of the Senate, w as on hand for today's votes.
Senate aides said today that at least IO senators had returned to Washington — some via military transportation - to vote. Included among the group was Sen. Barry Coldwater, R-Ariz., who had been recuperating from heart surgery.
Baker, who tried throughout the
lame-duck session of Congress to enact the bill, has been bedeviled by conservative members of his party w ho argue the tax hike is bad policy.
The latest problem cropped up
Tuesday night after the House passed a compromise version of the legislation and adjourned. Senators thought they also would be able to vote and go home.
But Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., mounted a last-minute filibuster, standing at his desk and objecting to requests that would allow a quick vote. Helms and Baker eventually agreed to the showdown votes today.
While Baker and Helms were at odds over the gasoline tax, they and other senators agreed that the postelection session Reagan requested to get action on money bills was not a good idea.
“It was silly as a 10-cent watch,” Helms said. “The lame-duck session never ought to have been called, it was a tragic mistake and I felt that way w hen it was called.”
“I was not for it. ... Frankly, I recommended against this session,” Baker said.
“There's very little credit for anybody to take” frornths lame-duck session, said Sen. Donald W. Riegle Jr., D-Mich.
Helms, meanwhile, had no apologies for his stalling tactics.
"I think that a senator has the duty to do whatever is necessary when he is sufficiently convinced that a piece of legislation is bad.” Helms said Wednesday.
Supporters of the tax measure say it will raise $5.5 billion annually to finance 170,000 jobs for highway, bridge an- mass transit repair. They also claim nether 150.000 jobs would be created in related industries. The administration estimates the tax hike would cost the average motorist $30 a
However, Helms and other opponents said the measure would cost jobs, not create them, by raising taxes during a recession Others oppose the bill because of heavy excise taxes it would impose on the biggest trucks on the road.
The conservatives also argued that the gar. tax compromised Republican principles.
I just simply say that the lit publican Party’s got no future if it doesn’t give the people a choice,” He.ms said. "The worst way to survive. let alone succeed, is to campaign on specific issues and principles and then see them watered down or washed away.”
Senators from both parties said the Helms and his fellow North Carolina GGP senator. John East, went too far
in blocking the tax hike.
Helms not only organized a filibuster, but for two weeks he and a small group of conservatives used every twist and turn within the Senate rules to delay or block the inevitable at a time when exhausted senators and House members were eager to get home for Christmas.
Baker, however, was just as determined to crush the challenge to his authority.
“I suppose I have more frustration on this than almost anybody in the Senate because its my job to try to move the business of the Senate and we’re being frustrated," Baker said Wednesday. "But we’re going to make it, we’re going to finish.”
Under the legislation, the gasoline
See GAS TAX, Page 14
Fraud suspect's autopsy: was cyanide present?
Bv GYANNE FHY Staff Wfitor
No official cause-of-death report has been issued for Peter Watts Dean, whose bod> was found Tuesday in the back of a Chevrolet Blazer parked off Smithson's Valley Road
An autopsy was completed Wednesday afternoon Justice of the Peace R.G Blanchard has been in contact with the Travis County Medical Examiner's office, and apparently received some preliminary results. Sherttt Wailer Fellers told a media representative Wednesday that
Dean's body had contained traces of cyanide There were also concentrations of carbon monoxide, bul probably not enough to kill a man. Fellers said.
A hose was hooked to the exhaust pipe of the Blazer iii winch the 35-year-old Brownsville attorney ’s body was found The other end of the hose-fed into the interior of the vehicle, but the rear w indow was open
The death was discovered at midday I uesdas by Mike Crocker, a San Antonio rancher who keeps cattle on the property wlivre Dean was found The property* is owned by
I lean's father-in-law. Paul Silber, also of San Antonio.
Since Dean’s body was found, the Comal County Sheriff's office has received calls from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and news media iii different parts of Texas. Central Texas Factors, a company partially owned by Dean. is said to have been involved in the collapse of the Ranehland National Bank iii Melvin, texas He bas also been named defendant in a lawsuit filed by Sunset Broadcasting Corporation.
See FRAUD, Page ll
Tomorrow is Christinas Eve, and that means we will begin distributing our Cheer Fund” baskets of food to ik) needy local families. Thanks to your generosity, these baskets will be chock full of goodies enough to provide several meals for each family . not just one Christmas dinner, as we had originally planned
Here are our most recent contributors:
Old balant ** $1,587 70
Hfo.it** * Grooming 125
Anonymous yr near if s and 55
Harley Schul/ barrel ut candy canes
Mr and Mr* Bruno F Han/ canned goods
Anonymous lio/en turkey, canned yoods
New balance 51 637 70
Again, a note about the balance": it reflects only the monetary contributions. Iii addition to Blat bottom figure, we also have a large stockpile of groceries, canned goods and miscellaneous items. Since it would be difficult to calculate a dollar value on these items, they are not included in the total.
It’s too late to mail a check in. but if you would still like to contribute, you can make that contribution cash or non-perishable food items — at our offices at IUD South Castell. Or you can contact circulation manager Don Avery at 025-9144 if you have a donation of canned goods and would like us to pick them up. Again, we appreciate your help
Staff ptnitu by Cindy Hu tun J:
culled' from Landa Park
Dead trees cut down in Landa
If you’re strolling through luanda Park and someone shouts “Tim-berrrr!" look up. But don’t panic. Parks Director Court Thieleman says he’s just clearing out the dead wood.
Two good-sized trees, a hackberry and an eastern cottonwood measuring nearly four feet rn diameter, have come down in the gazebo area. Several other trees in that area are slated for extensive pruning, but "the ones they removed completely are all dead,” Thieleman said. A private firm, Schwab Enterprises, is doing the cutting.
Five mute trees are to be teinoved from the various city recreational areas, and quite a few need to be cut back. Thieleman admitted he had put a rush on the gazebo area because of the scheduled dredging of luanda Lake in January. The cleared space will make it easier for heavy equipment to get into the area.
Schwab "was the only guy we knew that could get in there and get the work done by Jan. IO,” Thieleman said He’ll be asking local firms to submit price quotes on other tree-care projects during the next few months Generally, the contractor is asked to do the cutting and chop trunks and limbs into chunks small enough to fit inside a city dump truck. Ifs the city’s job to haul them away.
• We’ve got a pretty good-sized pecan tree that needs to be removed in luanda Park,” said the parks director. The tree trunk is embedded in the retaining wall on the river channel, not far from the Olympic pool. A crane may be needed to
See TREKS, Page 14Inside
Withdrawal due soon?
Israel, Lebanon to begin negotiations on removal of troops
JERUSALEM (AP) Israel and lebanon will open negotiations early next week aimed at withdrawing Israel’s invasion army from Lebanon and normalizing relations between the two Middle East neighbors, the Israeli government said today.
Prime Minister Menachein Begin’s spokesman Un Porat said the talks would be held alternately iii the Beirut suburb of Khalde and Kiry at Shmona, on Israel’s northern border. He did not say which day tile talks would
open, or in which country the first session w ould bi* held.
Unofficial reports Wednesday had said tile first session might be field as early as Friday at Khalde. south of tile Lebanese capital.
“The negotiations on normalization of relations, security arrangements and the withdrawal of foreign forces from lA-banon will open at the beginning of next week,” Porat said.
The Israeli announcement again emphasized that normal relations w ill
bi* on the agenda though lebanese officials say Lebanon does not want to go beyond the rest of the Arab world in building normal ties with the Jew ish state before there is an overall settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Defense Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday that normalization was a "central issue” along with security arrangements that would ensure that Israel never be threatened by terrorist attackers from lebanon
Porat san! the Israeli delegation would tx* headed by David kimche. director-general of the Foreign Ministry Other members would be Maj. Gen Avraiiaui Tailor, head of the army’s planning division, Eli) ahu Rubinstein, the Foreign Mims! y’s legal adviser, Yitzhak lior, the Foreign Ministry's representative in Beirut, and two brigadier generals, Un Saguy and Amos Gilboa
See ISRAEL, Page 14
Loeff ler voted against gasoline tax increase
By JACQUELINE SMITH Slat! writer
The five-cent increase in the federal gasoline tax passed by the U S Senate Thursday will not benefit Texans specifically those living in tilt* 21st Congressional District, according to Congressman Tom Loeffler’s office.
Izieffler (R-Hunt), whose 21st District includes Comal County and more than 30 other counties which stretch from New Braunfels to West Texas, voted against tile tax increase when it was before tile House earlier this week.
The Senate followed the US. House’s lead and passed the compromise jobs-creating gasoline tax hike, which will now be sent on to President Reagan for his consideration. It’s expected Reagan will approve the hike since he has pushed for the legislation.
The present federal gasoline tax will increase from 4 to 9 cents, according to the proposed legislation. Of the nickel increase, four cents would go toward national highway conduction. The remaining one cent would be used for mass transit.
Loeffler had several objections to
the proposed increase in the federal gasoline tax, according to his Washington D C. office.
"Tom felt it was tile wrong time for adding new taxes when we’re trying to revitalize the economy,” said Betsy Tyson, his Washington press secretary.
I Alef Her did not feel tile increased tax would benefit Texas and the 21st Congressional District, which is why he voted against it, Tyson noted in a telephone interview Thursday.
The proposed tax would specifically hurt Loeffler’s constituents because "in the 21st District (which stretches
from New Braunfels to West Texas! everyone has to drive so far fur necessities (such as coiiimuiiting to work),” Tyson said, reflecting Loef t ier ’s objections to the tax The Congressman also objected to lilt* tax since and felt it would have a “negative impact on Texas” since proceeds from the tax would go toward subsidizing other parts of the country and not Texas,” she added.
“Specifically, money I from tin* tax) will be used for mass transit systems in the northeast*" Tyson said. "There won’t be an equal dollar return < on tlu tax I.”Today's Weather
The rest of today will be partly cloudy, becoming cloudier tonight and Friday Winds today will be out of the south at 15 mph, diminishing slightly tonight Friday will bring a 30 percent change of thundershowers. Expect cloudy, cooler weather Christmas Day, with a chance of ram. Sunset tonight w ill be at 5:38 p in., and sunrise Friday at 7:23 a.m.No Garbage Pickup
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are holidays for the City Public Works Department, which means garbage trucks won’t be coming by this Friday or next. Pickups scheduled for other days this week will Lake place as usual.Holiday Presents
All over the country, people are reaching out this Christmas and giving millions of unemployed and poor Americans something they really need — food See Page 3Patriots rebel
The New England Patriots are ready to go to war against new coach Hon Meyer Forced to pay numerous “unjustified” fines, the team is ready to “walk out.” See Page 5.
I JU6T FINISHED AAV CHRISTMAS CHOPPING, WITH ONLY I PAY TO GO'Herald Holiday Hours
The Herald Zeituny office will close ! at I pm. Friday so that our employees can spend the remainder of Christmas Eve with their families. For tile same reason, circulation telephone lines will shut down at 5 p.rn instead of 7 p m. The office will be closed Saturday, Christmas Day.
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