New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, March 23,1983 11ARecession reliefCongressional panel 'hung up'on jobs bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - A $4.6 billion recession relief bill stalled just short of final congressional approval, hung up in a complex dispute over how to distribute money to hard-pressed regions of the country.
Congressional leaders said late Tuesday they expected to win passage today, providing not only money for food, shelter and public works jobs, but also an additional $5 billion in loan and grant money needed urgently to continue unemployment benefits in more than two dozen states.
President Reagan has indicated through aides he would sign the bill.
Both houses approved the overall shape of the bill easily on Tuesday — the House on a vote of 329-86 and the Senate on an 82-15 roll call.
To alleviate the longest recession since World War II, the measure provides about $325 million in food and shelter for the needy and more than $400 million in additional funds for a variety of social programs.
There is also $1 billion in grants to local governments, of which $375 million may go to pay for public service jobs. That was a provision advocated by women's groups, who complained that most of the public works construction jobs financed by the bill would go to men.
Most of the rest of the money would go for government building projects covering everything from highways and airports to flood control, repair
of Veterans’ Administration hospitals and Forest Service and Park Service projects.
Differences between the House and Senate over how much money to spend and what programs to spend it on were resolved easily earlier in the week. But efforts to speed the measure to the White House faltered Tuesday night when the Senate balked at accepting a change the House suggested for distributing the funds.
Because of the disagreement, the measure bounced from the House to the Senate and back to the House again.
Even so, Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., said shortly before midnight he thought a compromise had been worked out that the House would ratify later today.
In addition, he added, “After a conversation with Mr. Stockman today, I am confident the bill will be signed by the president.”
Under the new compromise, roughly $3 billion of the total $4.6 billion would be distributed to areas of the country that suffer from highest unemployment, a provision Hatfield said would assist 8,700 separate regions. The balance would be spread evenly throughout the country.
In addition to the disagreement over how to distribute the money. Sens. John Heinz and Arlen Specter, both Pennsylvania Republicans, sought to reinstate $1.2 billion in revenue sharing that the Senate approved earlier but was dropped from the compromise.
Their efforts failed, however, when Hatfield warned that adding the money would risk a presidential veto. In addition, Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker declared, “This is not the time and this is not the place to add over a billion dollars.”
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering releasing arms control personnel memos bearing on the Kenneth L. Adelman nomination despite protests by the committee's chairman that the panel would be “breaking its word."
Both the chairman, Sen. Charles H. Percy, R-Ill., and Sen. Paul Tsongas, D-Mass. who is the chief foe of Adelman’s nomination to head the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, predict that the memorandums will be made public.
Percy said the matter would be put to a vote after further discussion today.
The documents include a so-called “hit list” of arms control negotiators who should be replaced and a memorandum which Sen. Larry Pressler, R-S.D., said was written by Adelman on Jan. 17 outlining a plan for a review of the staffing of the arms control agency.
The hit list was given to Adelman by Edward Rowny, chief U.S. negotiator at the strategic arms reduction talks in Geneva, at a meeting in late January. Rowny says it was prepared by his staff and does not represent his point of view.
Unemployed woman wins job lottery
CLEVELAND (AP) - An unemployed mother of four thought she had only a “one in a million” chance of getting a city job, but became the first winner in a lottery for 1,000 temporary jobs that was entered by more than 11,000 jobseekers.
Mary Gwin, who has been without steady work for two years, was chosen in a drawing Tuesday night for a job cleaning up vacant lots and city parks. The jobs last 12 weeks, beginning in April, and pay $4.50 an hour.
“My daughter was telling me, ‘What if they draw your name?’ I said, ‘They're not going to get my name,'” Ms. Gwin said after the drawing, two days before her 27th birthday. “I thought, in a drawing, I might be one in a million, and then I was the first one.”
Ms. Gwin, who is unmarried and has four children ages 13 months through ll years, said she has held secretarial jobs, but no steady work, for about two years.
“They say it is only part time, but ifs better than nothing,” she
About 11,200 people applied Monday and Tuesday for the 1,000 jobs, city officials said. The drawing began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and continued until 250 names were chosen. The other 750 winners will be drawn later.
Winners will be notified by mail and will be screened to make sure they hold no other jobs, said Jack Bigham of the city Human Services Department.
Bigham said the summer job lottery, which started in Cleveland last year, "pretty much takes the politics out” of the scramble for temporary city jobs.
Only unemployed city residents 18 or older were eligible.
Officials originally printed 10,000 applications, but had to print more when the first edition ran out by noon Monday.
Public Hall, where application were taken, was opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday because a crowd gathered in sub-freezing temperatures waiting for the 8 a m. opening.
Kidney problems plague Clark
SALT I AKE CITY (API - Artificial heart recipient Barney Clark, his condition worsening, battled a 102-degree fever while “very concerned” doctors ordered more tests to pinpoint a puzzling ailment that was shutting down his kidneys.
Clark’s wife Una lA>y, who was described as depressed, kept a vigil at her husband’s bedside today as the retired Seattle-area dentist entered his 112th day of life on an artificial heart.
“His death is not imminent," University of Utah Medical Center spokesman John Dwan said late Tuesday. “If the problems persist, however, they have the potential of being very serious."
Doctors planned to downgrade Clark’s condition from fair to serious because of the fever and kidney trouble if the “negative trend" continued, Dwan said. Clark, 62. also would be moved from his hospital room to a surgical intensive care unit.
"To say they are very concerned at this point would be an understatement.” Dwan said. “His
kidneys are shutting down. They have not shut down completely, but they are not doing very well.”
A dec ision on whether to move Clark was expected today at a morning meeting to be attended by specialists in infectious diseases, attending physician Dr. Lyle Joyce, and Dr. William DeVries, who performed the historic implant Dec. 2.
Clark was on the verge of death from heart failure when he was picked to receive the Jarvik-7 heart by a University of Utah Medical Center panel. He was suffering from cardiomyopathy, a degenerative and incurable disease of the heart muscle.
The seven-hour operation to implant the fist-sized, air-driven, polyurethane pump was successful.
But Clark required surgery three times more — to replace a broken valve in his new heart, fix tiny air leaks in his lungs and stop persistent nosebleeds. He suffered seizures Dec. 7, leading to a prolonged period of depression and disorientation. Recently, he had been recovering from aspiration pneumonia.
Clark developed fever and his kidneys started weakening Saturday, said Dwan.
Hark was not in pain Tuesday, but was “less responsive than he has been," Dwan said. “He’s coherent sometimes; other times he's not responsive." He was being given only limited doses of antibiotics, for fear the drugs would complicate his kidney problems.
Joyce tried to place Clark's latest setback in perspective. “We’ve been in tight spots before and we’ve got him out of them. It’s a tight one," Dwan quoted the doctor as saying.
Dwan said he spoke with Mrs. Clark at about 7 p rn. Tuesday as she prepared to spend the night in her husband’s private room.
“It’s as you might expect.” he said. “She’s one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. Her mood swings with Dr. Clark’s condition When his condition is in the valley, her mood is, too."
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, stepping up his sales campaign for a big Pentagon buildup, is ready to reveal secret aerial photographs of Soviet-supplied weapons and installations in trouble spots around the world.
The president will address the nation tonight in a nationally broadcast speech from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. EST.
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NATO ministers urge arms talks
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Western alliance defense ministers today conclude a two-day strategy session with a renewed vow to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe this year and a message to President Reagan to make new arms reduction proposals.
U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and 12 counterparts in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are expected to declare their solidarity with a nuclear deployment schedule that is denounced by of millions of Europeans who do not like atomic weapons.
The ministers are expected to issue a declaration warning of a massive Soviet buildup of medium-range nuclear missiles, which includes an estimated 351 SS-20 rockets with three warheads each and a range of 3,750 miles.
They also were expected to reaffirm a decision to counter the SS-20s by beginning to deploy 572 Pershing 2 and cruise missiles before Jan. 1,1984.
But the emphasis Tuesday, the opening day of the defense ministers’ conference in this southern Portuguese resort, was disarmament.
A senior U.S. official told reporters the European members of the alliance unanimously favored urging the Americans to come up with new proposals to break a stalemate in disarmament talks in Geneva, Switzerland, between the United States and the Soviet Union.
No progress in the talks has been reported since last year, when Reagan offered the “zero option” — a promise to scrap plans for the NATO deployment if the Soviets dismantle their SS-20 force.
The Soviets rejected the plan and offered a proposal that would leave the Soviets with 162 missiles and no new U.S. missiles in Europe.
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