New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Balanced budget amendment passes House in 300-132 vote
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The balanced budget amendment crossed its First big threshold, passing the House and moving to the Senate, where a tough battle was expected over an idea that would revolutionize the way Congress does business.
“This is a historic moment for our country,” an elated House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said after the 300-132 bipartisan vote Thursday. “We kept our promise,” made in the Republican “Contract With America,” to begin to restore fiscal integrity to Congress.
Passage represented a major victory for the GOP, which came up with 12 more votes than the two-thirds majority needed to approve a constitutional amendment. Seventy-two Democrats — more than a third of those voting — joined the Republicans.
With the amendment behind them. House Republicans now can move on to other key aspects of their “Contract," including ending unfunded federal mandates and passing new anti-cnmc measures and welfare reform.
Despite the strong House approval, the amendment faced a tough battle in the Senate, which was expected to take up the measure within two weeks. It needs 67 votes for Senate passage and then would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states to become the 28th amendment to the Constitution.
“I believe we are going to do the same thing in the Senate,” said Sen. Paul Simon. D-lll., a leading propo-
Officers Seize $5 Million In Cash, $10 Million In Cocaine
PASADENA, Texas (AP) Authorities seized at least $5 million in cash and about 220 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $10 million when they raided a house in this Houston suburb, police say.
The cash was stuffed in boxes inside the house when officers raided it on Thursday. Four adults were arrested Houston Assistant Police Chief Art Contreras said the raid. held in conjunction with the seizure of more than 17 pounds of cocaine worth about $8(X),(XX) at a southeast Houston apartment, put a dent into what authorities are calling a new' and very organized drug ring.
Contreras said each package of cocaine was marked with a joker playing card that signifies the cartel through which the distribution center was operating.
Girl To Stand Trial On Charges of Poisoning Her Father
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A chance conversation between friends during a reading from Shakespeare’s "Hamlet” led to the solution of what had been termed by a prosecutor a "perfect crime,” authontics say.
Dorothy Marie Robards. IS. was certified Thursday to stand trial as an adult in the Feb IS, 1993, death of her father, Steven Robards of Fort Worth.
The certification was necessary because Ms. Robards was only 16 at the time of her father’s death
Robards became ill after eating dinner and medical examiners initially ruled he died of natural causes. Authorities now say he was poisoned with barium acetate, which causes symptoms resembling a heart attack.
“He thought he was getting a vims or food poisoning,” said Sandra Lee Hugdms, a friend of Ms. Robards who was present at the time he was stricken She also said Robards complained of being “clammy” and having pain and stiffness in his limbs.
Dr Pepper Bottler Wary of Changes
DUBLIN, Texas (AP) At the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant, where the Texas-born beverage is still sweetened with cane sugar, Bill Kloster hopes a British candy and soft drink maker doesn’t sour his formula for success.
The owner of Dr Pepper Bottling Co. in this central Texas town was encouraged somewhat by his company’s stock gain Thursday after Cadbury Schweppes PLC bid $1.71 billion to buy Dr Pepper-Seven-Up Cos. Inc ami grab third place iii the U.S. soft drink market.
“Cadbury is more internationally connected lf they would keep Dr Pepper in its heartland, maintain it iii the same capacity and keep the same management, it would ease concerns,” Kloster said “I would be a little more in favor of it if it meets those terms.”
Cadbuiy, the world’s No. 3 soft-
‘We all saw clearly at the end of the this day that we had to have a balanced budget amendment. We had to have acceptance of new fiscal constraints.’
— Dick Armey, R-Texas
nent of the amendment, but he added, “Ifs by no means certain.”
The measure calls for a balanced budget beginning in 2002, or two years after ratification by the states, whichever comes later. The Republican-controlled Senate passed a balanced budget amendment in 1982, but it was rejected in the Democratic House. Since then the federal debt has more than doubled to $4.7 trillion.
Following the House vote Thursday night, President Clinton’s spokesman. Mike McCurry. said, “We all want to sec a balanced budget. But the president would also like to see the details of how the House would propose to meet this new constitutional requirement.” Clinton has no formal say in the amendment, since it would go directly from Congress to the states.
Democratic opposition did thwart the Republican leadership's hopes to
drink maker and already one-quarter owner of Dallas-based Dr Peppcr-Sev-en-Up, would end up with a 16 percent share of the U.S. market with the acquisition. Coca-Cola and Pepsi now control about 70 percent of the $49 bilhon-a-ycar business.
Lobbyists Consider Disclosure Law Vague
AUSTIN (AP) State financial disclosure requirements that lobbyists must file are riddled with broad gen-
include a provision that would have required a three-fifths majority vote in both the House and Senate to increase taxes in the future and made it much more difficult to raise taxes as a means of balancing the budget.
Instead, the House approved by 293-139 a compromise version offered by Reps. Charles Stcnholm, D-Texas, and Dan Schaefer, R-Colo., that differed in requiring only a simple majority for Congress to raise taxes. The Stenholm measure then advanced to the vote for final passage.
“We all saw clearly at the end of this day that we had to have a balanced budget amendment,” House Majority Leader Dick Amicy, R-Texas, said. “We had to have acceptance of new fiscal restraints."
The amendment requires three-fifths majorities to raise the ceiling on the national debt or waive the balanced budget requirement in any one year. Exceptions also arc made for times of war or threats to national security.
The w ild card in winning acceptance of the Stcnholm measure was the 73 GOP freshmen, who were solid in their support of the tax limitation proposal and threatened to withhold support for the compromise plan
Gingrich called several dozen freshmen into his office late Thursday to stress that their votes were crucial to getting a balanced budget amendment through Congress and to promise a vote next year on a constitutional amendment requiring a three-fifths vote
eralities that make it impossible to pinpoint how much they are paid, the Austin Amcncan-Statcsman reported.
The state ethics reforms policed by the Texas Ethics Commission are intended to require special interest lobbyists to disclose how much they are paid to influence government.
As of last week. reports showed lobbyists expect to be paid $41 million to $115 million for their services in 1995, the newspaper reported in Hiurs-day’s editions.
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to increase taxes, several of the freshmen said.
In the end only two GOP freshmen from Indiana, John Hostettler and Mark Souder, voted against the amendment.
The House rejected four Democrat-ic-proposed versions of the amendment that would have waived the budget requirement if unemployment was above 4 percent, removed Social Security funds from budget considerations or created a separate capital budget for major public works projects.
“Social Security must be exempt,” said Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., whose proposal to that effect was defeated 296-135.
But Republicans stressed that there was no threat to Social Security, pointing to a non-binding resolution passed Wednesday that committed the House to keeping the retirement fund out of * budget considerations. The Senate passed a similar resolution Thursday that also has no force in law.
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