New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, February 8, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
2001 Clinton budget includes billions for Texas programs
Mapping the earth
Bv MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton’s farewell budget, which proposes $1.84 trillion in federal spending next year, is dotted with initiatives that would funnel billions of dollars to Texas, funding everything from highways and military bases to the exploration of space.
The president’s budget, which would mark a 2.5 percent increase over this year’s spending, is of key importance to Texas, which ranks third in direct federal receipts — taking in $92 billion in 1998.
The document contains the promise of tax cuts, relief for besieged farmers, expanded health care coverage for the uninsured and military pay raises. What it doesn’t contain, however, is the likelihood of congressional passage.
Release of the president’s budget is just the first step in Washington’s annual spending ritual, with the Republican-led Congress now eager to impose priorities of its own that are markedly different from Clinton’s.
Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, was equally dismissive. “The president has discovered dozens of new ways to spend money, but no way to save Social Security, and he offers a tax cut, but it goes to people who pay no taxes,” he said.
While arguments are sure to rage on at length over tax cuts, use of the budget surplus and shoring up Social Security, the president’s wish list does mark a starting point in key areas, particularly defense.
The Pentagon’s $277.5 billion allocation, which includes a record $60 billion for procurement of new weapons systems, would funnel huge sums to defense contractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Defense Department wants to spend $4 billion to purchase its first IO production models of the F-22 stealth fighter, which is being built in part at Lockheed
The space shuttle Endeavour will embark on its mission to take a three-dimensional snapshot of the earth’s surface. Scientists are using radar technology to create the most thorough topographic map ever compiled. Here’s a look at how it works.
4) A 197-foot mast extends, accordion-style from a storage canister. An antenna is
Funding for Texas
By The Associated Press
The Pentagon’s proposed $277.5 billion budget includes funding with Texas ties:
—Nearly $4 billion to purchase the first 10 production models of the F-22 stealth fighter.
—$3.08 billion to buy 12 copies of the C-17 cargo plane.
—$1.84 billion to procure 20 copies for the Marine Corps and the Air Force of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor.
—$857 million for continued development of the Joint Strike Fighter.
—$440 million for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program.
—$273 million to purchase 55 of the Army Tactical Missile System.
—$264 million for the Multiple Launch Rocket System.
—$149 million for upgrades to existing F-16 fighters.
The $8 billion being sought by the administration for military construction in fiscal 2001 includes $95.4 million for Texas projects — up from last year’s $53.6 million request. The proposed Texas funding includes:
—$36.2 million for Fort Bliss in El Paso
—$25.8 million for Fort Hood in Central Texas
—$13.6 million for Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
—$12.1 million for Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.
—$5.5 million for Lackland AFB in San Antonio.
—$1A million for Camp Bullis in San Antonio.
—$800,000 for Red River Army Depot in Texarkana.
Martin’s Fort Worth plant; and $1.9 billion to purchase 20 copies of the V-22 tilt-rotor, manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth.
Sure to be less palatable to Congress is the administration’s renewed request for new rounds of military base closures in 2003 and 2005. Lawmakers have refused earlier calls for additional base cutbacks, still smarting over what Republicans view as improper White House meddling in the 1995 round.
The White House’s decision to fund 430 new Border Patrol agents next year — shy of Congress’ directive to add 1,000 agents — also is sure to provoke new disputes with congressional Republicans.
Administration officials “have looked for every excuse in the book not to protect our borders, and our border is a sieve,” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas,
complained. “I will fight for the 1,000 (agents) just like I have done the last three years.”
Clinton did propose increasing the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s budget by 11 percent next year, to a record $4.8 billion. The increases would fund the new Border Patrol agents, 115 extra land-border immigration inspectors, 154 airport inspectors and 1,000 extra detention beds.
Eighty-seven of the new land-border inspectors would be detailed to new ports of entry opening in three Texas communities — Laredo, Eagle Pass and Los Tomates.
Other projects of specific Texas interest include:
— $2.1 billion for continued construction of the international space station. The program is managed by the Johnson Space Center near Houston.
— $600 million for the State
Knievel Jr. to jump East Texas train
PALESTINE (AP) — Call it the great Texas train jump.
Robbie Knievel, son of famed stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel, will attempt to ride his airborne motorcycle over a train on the Texas State Railroad in East Texas later this month.
Producers from the Fox network have met with state railroad off icials at the Palestine Park depot to work out details of what is planned to be a stunt to be nationally televised live on Feb. 23.
Jeff Androsky, the producer supervising the event, told the Palestine Herald-Press that the deal with Knievel is “99 percent done” and that he expects contracts to be signed this week.
Officials attack sick building syndrome
DALLAS (AP) — Officials with a national association representing the heating and ventilation industry are working to establish new air quality standards for homes to stop the spread of sick building syndrome, which researchers say also makes people ill.
On Monday, during the International Air-conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition at the Dallas Convention Center, representatives with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc. discussed efforts to improve the ventilation of homes that are three stories or smaller.
Sick building syndrome dates to the early 1980s, when the oil
embargo made home manufacturers design tighter buildings, often with windows that didn’t open.
Test opponents say they won't appeal
AUSTIN (AP) — A group of minority students who lost a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s high school exit test won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that upheld the exam, their lawyer said Monday.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision for us,” said Al Kauffman of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “We feel there are serious errors in the facts and law of the decision, but we have to weigh the chances of success against the chances of creating a bad standard in this area of the law,” he said.
Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, TX 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas.
Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $36; one year, $68. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $31.80; six months, $58; one year, $109.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $81; one year, $124.25.
Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 am Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday can call (830) 625-9144.
Postmaster: Send address changes to the /Yew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.
Doherty Family Practice
NEW PATIENTS WEI COMI
'We promise to see you within one working day, usually on the same day you calL ” -Or. Jim
Many insurance plans accepted
1533 E. Common Street New Braunfels. Texas 78130 625-5799 OR METRO 609-3941
Sam’s Cleaners Iveryday Spec!
No Coupon Required 'WKmmrn*
10% 15% 20% SAVINGS
Nt W BRAUN! FLS *
274 Trade Center Drive
Call Us for Details
Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which helps Texas and other states with large numbers of incarcerated illegal immigrants defray their prison costs.
— $236 million in Army Corps of Engineers funding to operate Texas waterways and lakes, including $53 million for continued improvements to Houston and Galveston navigation channels.
— $158 million for operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation’s oil stockpile kept in underground caverns in Texas and Louisiana.
— $95.4 million for improvements at Texas military bases, up from the administration’s $53.6 million request for this year.
—$14.1 million for Border Patrol construction projects in Texas, including $3.8 million apiece for Border Patrol stations in Rio Grande City and Sanderson and $1.9 million for a station in Hebbronville.
—$13 million for INS detention construction projects, including $10.4 million in improvements at the INS detention facility in Port Isabel.
— $5 million in nutrition- and health-related assistance for impoverished rural communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Cargo bay Antenna
mounted on the end.
O NASA mission managers maintain a constant measure of the shuttle’s distance above sea level by using a Global Positioning System.
Q A radar signal is sent to the earth from the opened cargo bay.
The signal bounces back to the shuttle and is picked up by antennas on the shuttle and mounted on the end of the mast.
The two radar signals are combined and compared to sea level to create a three-dimensional map of the earth.
Source: MountainHigh Maps, NASA
Astronauts return for second launch attempt
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)—Astronauts returned to the Kennedy Space Center on Monday for their second attempt at lifting off on an Earth-mapping mission.
NASA plans to begin the countdown on Tuesday, leading up to a 12:30 p.m. Friday launch.
Last week’s launch attempt was scuttled by a faulty computerized unit that had to be replaced.
We're Delivering the
Sunday, March 5th
Coverage in this section will include the agricultural industry, plans for 1-35 and Texas 130 plus profiles on key industry and business in the
Sunday March 12th
Where are we headed in Health Care and Education? Find out in HORIZONS 2000.
Sunday, March 19™
This feature section will focus on "New Texas Gold,” - water, future of the Guadalupe River, The Edpn| «nd Trinity Sera, and how water dam
ira if k itll
Sunday, March 26™
Completing the series with a lot of human interest will be of The Year and s
705 N 123 Hy Po: 372-1861
For Advertising Information: 625-9144
Our Advertising Staff will be pleased to design a custom ad for your business.