The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 13, Ed. 1, Friday, October 5, 1990 Page: 8 of 8
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Bush turns up pressure in budget fight
By John Machacok
and Chuck Raasch
1990 USATODAYApple College
WASHINGTON Rep. James Walsh R-
N.Y. is one of the dozens of swing voles
President Bush is counting on to pass the
embattled budget agreement.
But the moderate Walsh is in no mood to
be lobbied not even by the president.
After attending two White House briefing
sessions Walsh turned down an invitation
to the White House Tuesday. He'll decide
after talking with business owners educa
tors and union representatives in his dis-
trict in and around Syracuse.
Walsh's lc.ivc-me-.lonc reaction shows
how tough the budget fight has become.
The $500 billion Hvc-year plan or tax
increases and cuts has so many political
wrinkles that it may never be ironed out
enough to pass Congress.
Bush turned up the pressure in a nation-
ally televised speech Tuesday night cap-
ping a day of closed-door meetings at the
White House and on Capitol Hill.
"My hunch right now tells me that we've
got about 25 percent of the Republicans
for it about 25 percent opposed to it and
the rest in the middle" said Rep. Jerry
Lewis R-Calif. the third-ranking House
Republican and the administration's point
man in trying to sell the package.
He said the agreement "ain't a thing of
beauty but it's a start."
Lewis' lukewarm assessment shows how
tough the sales job is. Conservative
Republicans have ripped the agreement for
raising taxes liberal Democrats have
dumped on its proposed cuts in Medicare
and farm spending.
"It's going to cause friction between all
interests" said Rep. Fred Grandy R-Iowa
a supporter. "I think that is its greatest
strength because there's something in
there for everyone to feel like they all got
But is that enough to pull a coalition
together? Here is what Bush and congres-
sional leaders who back the proposal arc
Revolting conservative House Repub-
licans have signaled for weeks that they
would not accept higher taxes. Moderate
Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlcrt R-N.Y. said
it is an "easy cop-out vote for Republi-
cans" because Minority Whip Newt Gin-
grich and other conservatives have been so
Wavering House members mostly
moderates of both parties say they must
balance between accepting the package or
risking a partial government shutdown.
A veteran House aide who sat in on
many of the closed-door budget negotia-
tions over the past four months said pas-
sage may well hinge on rank-and-file
House Democrats who sec cuts in farm
programs and Medicare as assaults on two
of their key constituent groups.
The aide said"I think the White House
can turn them around. The Democratic
side is a different sort of problem. ... Calls
from the White House do no good."
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Saddam tours Kuwait
to Iraqi troops' cheers
By Andrea Hamilton
Associated Press Writer
Iraqi troops kissed Saddam Hus-
sein's hands as he took his first
known tour of occupied Kuwait
and officials said Thursday that
three Britons and two Frenchmen
had fled Iraq in a daring escape by
The five Europeans were found
Wednesday by the Saudi coast
guard drifting in the small boat in a
Persian Gulf shipping lane off the
Saudi-Kuwait border British diplo-
mats and Saudi officials said.
The British escapees told Lon-
don's Daily Mail newspaper that
they had spent 25 hours in rough
seas after taking the 10-foot boat
through the marshes of southern
Iraq into the Shatt-al-Arab water-
way and then the gulf.
It was the first report of Western
men escaping Iraq since August.
The Britons said they had been
working on a key oil installation
near the Iraqi port of Basra and the
two Frenchmen were barge masters.
They were among a small number
of Europeans living on dwindling
food supplies and denied permis-
sion to leave.
Iraq is holding about 2200 West-
erners hostage in Kuwait and Iraq
some at strategic installations to
discourage attack by the U.S. led
military forces that began massing
in the region after Iraq seized
Kuwait on Aug. 2.
Nine of those hostages all
Frenchmen returned to Paris
today after being freed by Iraq.
Also today 173 Brazilians arrived
home after Brazil negotiated their
release from Iraq.
Saddam's visit to Kuwait coin-
cided with the arrival in the region
of two foreign leaders and a top
envoy seeking a peaceful solution
to the crisis.
Yevgeny Primakov a senior
adviser to Soviet President Mikhail
S. Gorbachev arrived in Baghdad
today carrying a message from Gor-
bachev Soviet diplomatic sources
said. Its contents were not dis-
closed. In Moscow Gorbachev said
today he did not think the crisis
would lead to war and he also told
reporters he saw no reason to send
Soviet troops to the gulf.
In the Jordanian capital Amman
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu of
Japan met today with Iraqi Deputy
Prime Minister Taha Yassin
Ramadan. Ramadan rejected a
negotiated settlement to the gulf
crisis as long as foreign troops
remain on Arab lands Baghdad's
official Iraq News Agency reported.
Kaifu insisted on Iraq's with-
drawal from Kuwait first said Shi-
geo Takenaka Kaifu's spokesman.
Kaifu later met with Jordan's King
Hussein who has tried to mediate
the dispute even through many of
his people support Iraq.
Energy prices soar
Energy prices soared in August
from the previous month
because of the Middle
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WASHINGTON (AP) A
prominent physicians organiza-
tion and the U.S. surgeon general
accuse the tobacco industry of
being irresponsible by "the
unconscionable targeting of
women" in cigarette advertising.
"Tobacco companies must
stop encouraging young women
to smoke cigarettes" the Ameri-
can College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists said Wednesday.
"The health of women and of our
future generations demand at
least that much consideration."
Thomas Lauria of the Tobacco
Institute representing cigarette
manufacturers said in response:
"We arc pointing out it's 1990
and to segregate women as being
incapable of making the same
choices as men about an adult
consumer product seems pater
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The
Soviet Union's top general
preached peace and urged
expanded East-West cooperation
in Europe in a speech he deliv-
ered during a U.S. tour with his
Gen. Mikhail Moiseyev chief
of the Soviet general staff said
Wednesday his country is reduc-
ing its military forces in Europe
in reaction to the end of the Cold
War symbolized by German
NASA to rewrite
PASADENA Calif. (AP)
Engineers will rewrite the Magel-
lan space probe's computer pro-
grams to reduce the risk of again
losing contact with the Venus
orbiter an official says.
Scientists have abandoned
efforts to determine why they lost
contact with the spacecraft twice
in August said Tony Spear Mag-
ellan project manager at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
We re reaching the point ot
diminishing returns in trying to
determine the root cause so we
are phasing that out. We're focus
ing on axes now bpear said.
not interest -related
WASHINGTON (AP) Former
Federal Reserve Chairman Paul
Volcker denies that the high
interest rates he encouraged in
the early 1980s spawned the
problems of the savings and loan
industry later in the decade.
Volcker appearing Wednesday
before the House Banking Com-
mittee said the industry's ill-
advised excursion into risky
investments not the highest inter-
est rates since the Civil War
proved its downfall.
"The industry could have sur
vived that episode (of high inter-
est rates) and the great bulk of it
did" he said.
U.S. Canada plan to
deregulate air traffic
WASHINGTON (AP) The
United States and Canada will
open negotiations early next year
on deregulating air traffic
between the two countries their
transportation agencies say.
Samuel K. Skinner told reporters
the talks could include the possi-
bility of permitting Canadian air-
lines to open hubs in the United
States and American air carriers
to open hubs in Canada.
flights could expand traffic
between the United States and
Canada by IS percent.
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