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    News Digest Edited by Jana Pedersen
Iraqi-American group says
some citizens will be freed
Saddam Hussein will free some sick and elderly Americans from
among the hundreds of U.S. citizens detained by Baghdad since its Aug.
2 invasion of Kuwait, the leader of an Iraqi-American group said
It was not immediately clear when the releases might come, or how
many Americans would be affected.
“We don’t want to talk about figures or names at the moment, but
I’m happy to announce that some good news will come up,’’ said Salim
Mansour, leader of the Maryland-based Iraqi-American Foundation.
There was also good news for the U.S. economy. Oil prices were
down $4 a barrel in the early afternoon on the New York Mercantile
Exchange, to S29.60. In London, North Sea Brent Blend oil plunged
S5.65 a barrel to close at S26.75.
The prices dropped following reported remarks a day earlier by
Saudi Arabia’s defense minister that Arab nations were willing to grant
Iraq “all its rights.” The market interpreted that as a sign Saudi Arabia
was prepared to agree to territorial concessions by Kuwait.
The same day, however, Prince Sultan reiterated that “any solution
must provide for an unconditional Iraqi pullout from Kuwait and the
return of the rule of the al-Sabah family.”
Since the Persian Gulf crisis began 11 weeks ago, oil prices have
| fluctuated wildly on world markets, reaching above $40 a barrel at
times compared with pre-crisis levels of $22 a barrel.
Lawmakers may not have votes for override
Bush kills civil rights measure
WASHINGTON - President Bush
vetoed a major civil rights bill Mon
day and seemed assured of winning a
battle in Congress to override him.
“I deeply regret having to take this
action,” Bush said.
The president called on lawmak
ers to enact his version of the measure
before they quit for the year, ex
pected later this week.
The administration argued that the
bill, as passed by Congress, would
force businesses to adopt quotas in
hiring and promotion. Supporters of
the measure rejected the Wh itc House
argument and portrayed Bush’s stand
as a measure of his commitment on
human rights.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.,
the chief Senate sponsor, called the
veto “tragic and disgraceful.”
“When the chips are down, the
White House is against civil rights,”
Kennedy said. He urged Congress to
override the president.
The bill was approved by substan
tial margins in both the House and
Senate, but both votes fell short of the
two-thirds needed to override.
Rep. Augustus F. Hawkins, D
Calif., the prime House sponsor, said
he would not even ask for an override
vote without the two-thirds needed
by supporters.
“I’m just not going to waste any
more time,” Hawkins said, adding
that civil rights forces might even
lose support in an override fight.
In his veto message, Bush said,
“The temptation to support a bill —
any bill — simply because its title
includes the words ‘civil rights’ is
very strong.
“But when our efforts, however
well-intentioned, result in quotas, equal
opportunity is not advanced but
thwarted,” he said. “The very com
mitment to justice and equality that is
offered as the reason why this bill
should be signed requires me to veto
He said, “I deeply regret having to
take this action with a bill bearing
such a title, especially since it con
tains certain provisions that 1 strongly
The measure would nullify six
Supreme Court decisions that have
made it more difficult for women and
minorities to prove and win job dis
crimination suits. It would ban racial
harassment in the workplace and al
low punitive damages in the most
serious discrimination cases.
It was passed by the Senate 62-34
and by the House 273-154 — strong
majorities, but not reaching the two
thirds required to override a veto.
Bush said there were many simi
larities between the bill he vetoed and
the version that the administration
supports. Civil rights advocates de
nounced the latest version of Bush’s
bill as a sham for permitting chal
lenged hiring practices to stand if
they could be justified on such grounds
as “customer relations,” justifications
they said were used to support the
separate-but-cqual “Jim Crow” laws
of the first half of the 20th century
that kept blacks in segregation.
Summing up his key argument,
Bush said, “Despite the use of the
term ‘civil rights’ in the title ... the
bill actually employs a maze of highly
legalistic language to introduce the
destructive force of quotas into our
nation’s employment system.”
He said that under Congress’ bill,
“employers will be driven to adopt
quotas in order to avoid liability.”
Congress adopts clean-air bill
WASHINGTON - House and
Senate negotiators approved a clean
air bill Monday that is expected to
eventually cost the economy S22 bil
lion a year and affect most of Ameri
can society by toughening pollution
controls on automobiles, factories and
power plants.
The bargainers worked out the final
details before dawn, ending more than
a year of bargaining between the two
chambers. Late Monday afternoon,
the conference committee gave the
measure formal endorsement, with
only Rep. William Danncmcycr, R
Calif., opposing it.
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell, D-Mainc, called the legis
lation “historic in its significance”
and said he expected both the Senate
and House to endorse it and President
Bush to sign it into law. Final ap
proval from both chambers is ex
pected by week’s end.
Bush, meanwhile, noted that
tougher clean-air legislation ‘ has been
13 years in coming” and said that “no
American should have to wait an
other day for clean air.”
Republican members of the dcan
air conference, including Rep. Nor
man Lent of New York and Sen John
Chafcc of Rhode Island, predicted
Bush would sign the bill.
But White House press secretary
Marlin Fit/.water said the administra
tion still opposes a program to retrain
displaced workers and was continu
ing to make its opposition known on
Capitol Hill. Yet, he added that the
administration “has not signaled a
Under die legislation, there would
be drastic reductions in emissions of
acid rain pollutants and toxic indus
trial chemicals. In addition, more than
100 cities would be given five to 15
years to bring their air quality up to
federal standards, mainly by control
ling pollutants that cause smog.
Editor Eric Planner Graphics Editor John Bruce
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Assoc News Editors Darcle Wlegert Chuck Green
Diane Brayton Art Director Brian Sheillto
Editorial Page Editor Lisa Donovan General Manager Dan Shattll
f^,r® Pedersen Professional Adviser Don Walton
Copy Desk Editor Emily Rosenbaum 473-7301
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