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Associated Press NrW^l DlGFST Nefiaskan Edited by Todd Cooper J. T|J_/ J Y VJ X ****** March it, ims Republicans succeed installing voter registration bill WASHINGTON—The Senate failed by a single vote Tuesday to end GOP stalling tactics barring passage of bill making voter regis tration easier. The 59-41 vote fell one short of the 60 needed to end a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine said a second tempt to limit debate on the bill would be held Wednesday morn ing. The vote came moments after Mitchell accused Senate Republi cans of perpetuating legislative “gridlock” by repeated stalling and delays. Three Republicans who had pre viously voted with the chamber’s 57 Democrats to limit debate re versed course on concerns about the bill’s provision enabling voter registration at public assistance offices. They were David Durenberger of Minnesota, Bob Packwood of Oregon and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Two other Republicans, Mark Hatfield of Oregon and James M. Jeffords of Vermont, voted to limit debate as they have in the past. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said it was feared that citizens ap plying for welfare and other ben efits would be subjected to coer cion to register and vote for the party favored by welfare workers. Democrats said there was no evidence that such coercion would occur. Mitchell complained that Re publicans first forced a two-day delay m bringing the bill to the floor for debate, then caused re peated delays as the Senate de bated the merits of the voter regis tration bill in the two weeks that followed. ‘Theproblem is those who don’t want the Senate to vote on this legislation,” Mitchell said. “No one should be fooled or misled about who is causing de lay,” Mitchell said. He called on Republicans to “stop filibustering every bill the Senate wants to bring up and end legislative gridlock.* Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I. called the legislation “petty" and said that states should be allowed to decide the rule of voter registration for themselves. — §«-—I No one should be looted or misled about who is causing delay. --Mitchell Senate majority leader --- - “I think it is bad legislation and I hope it goes deservedly down the drain,” Chafee said. Mitchell said the problem for Republicans was that the more con venient voter registration permit ted by the bill would allow Ameri cans to vote in greater numbers than ever before. “And they are afraid that they won ’ t vote for them,” Mitchell said. i _ . “Let’s get every American reg istered and voting and then let the chips fall where they may,” Mitchell said. The so-called motor-voter bill would permit registration by mail, at motor vehicle offices, at welfare agencies and at a host of other places where Americans apply for the benefits and services of state and local governments. Treasury secretary calls for $45 billion to finish S&L cleanup WASHINGTON—Treasury Sec retary Lloyd Bentsen asked Congress Tuesday for $45 billion to finish the savings and loan cleanup and asserted the nation would pay “a far greater price, and deservedly so” if lawmak ers refused. The request would bring the total spentorpromisedonS&Lssince 1988 to more than $200 billion. The size of the Clinton administration's requestto the House Backing Committee was $1 Trillion higher than the estimate issued by the Bush administration in January. Private analysts contended Bentsen had inflated his request but they said it was better to ask for too much rather than seek too little and have to ask for another politically painful vote. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, told Bentsen that gaining approval even once for additional S&L money would be tough. Leach advised the adminis tration to include the money in a larger appropriations bill. The treasury secretary said law makers had little choice but to con tinue paying for the cleanup. The alternative, he said, was to allow fai led institutions to remain open and run up even larger losses. The cleanup agency, the Resolu tion Trust Corp., has been without i ■ ■ 11 1 » Nebraskan Editor Chris Hoplensperger 472- 1766 Managing Editor Alan Phelps Assoc. News Editors Wendy Moll Tom Mslnelll Editorial Page Editor Jeremy Fitzpatrick Wire Editor Todd Cooper Copy Desk Editor Kathy Steinauer Sports Editor John Adklsson Arts & Entertain- Mark Baldrldga ment Editor Diversions Editor Kim Spurlock Photo Chief Klley Tlmperley Night News Editors Stephanie Purdy Mike Lewis Steve Smith Lori Stones Art Director Scott Maurer General Manager Dan Shettll Production Manager Katherine Pollcky Advertising Manager Jay Cruse Senior Acct. Exec. 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ALL MATERIAL COPYRIGHT 1993 DAILY NEBRASKAN spending authority since April, and Bentsen said that has added $1.1 bil lion to the cost. “I know ... it is a tough vote,” he said. “But I also know that this is a vote for depositors, for the safety of our financial institutions, and that if we fail to meet this obligation, we will pay a far greater price and deservedly so.” Bentsen said he believed this would be the last request to Congress for S&L cleanup-money but could not promise that. “If fbeTultamount pro vided is not needed, it will not be drawn from the Treasury,” he said. He praised Albert Casey, who re signed effective Monday as president of the RTC but promised “dramatic improvements” in management now that Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman is interim head of the agency. Rep. Toby Roth, R-Wis., said Bentsen had forced Casey to resign, and he asked why, noting that Casey had promised to finish the job for $25 billion. Bentsen never replied directly but said he believed Casey arrived at that figure largely by shifting the respon sibility and some of the cost to another agency, the Federal Deposit Insur ance Corp. The $45 billion requested by S&L Bailout If Congress approves the new appropriation of $45 million, it would bring total bailout spending since 1988 to over $200 billion. This includes $70 billion estimated cost of fulfilling the FSLIC's promises made in 1988 bailout deals, and $87 billion in three other appropriations. Current request for $45 billion $28 billion $17 billion portion allocated portion to go to for 83 current failures --^|7b«llon December 1991 AP Bentsen would be split between the RTC and a new insurance fund for the S&L industry, the Savings Associa tion Insurance Fund (SAIF), which will operate under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The RTC would get $28 billion to protect depositors in the 83 failed institutions operating under its direc tion and in at least 35 more S&Ls expected to fail by Sept. 30. The rest of the money would go to the insurance fund, to handle an esti mated 157 failures between October 1993 and the end of 1998. Yeltsin: Russian lawmakers trying to restore Communism MOSCOW — Warning that Russia’s democratic reforms are in grave danger. President Boris Yeltsin charged Tuesday that the hard-line parliament is trying to “restore the Communist regime” and appealed for greater Western aid. In his first public appearance since storming out of a humiliating session of Congress of People’s Deputies on Friday, Yeltsin said he had not de cided how to respond to the growing political crisis. i> < # “The results of the Congress give us serious grounds for alarm. The Congress did not solve, rather it deep ened, the constitutional crisis,” Yeltsin said at a Kremlin news conference with French President Francois Mitterrand. Mitterrand made a one-day visit to show Western support for Yeltsin af ter last week moves by the 1,033 member Congress to sharply curb the Russian president’s power to carry out reforms. “I see a very serious danger posed to democracy and reform. I can see there is an attempt to restore the Com munist regime of the Soviets,” Yeltsir said. Mitterrand’s visit was the latest in aperies of meetings with Westcrr leaders concerned about Yeltsin’* political survival. Last week, German Chancelloi Helmut Kohl met with the Russiar president in Moscow for 90 minutes In two weeks, he will meet Presiden Clinton in Vancouver, British Co lumbia, for a two-day summit. Fire guts Chicago hotel; 14 dead, 20 hospitalized CHICAGO — A fire that ripped through a residence hotel Tuesday killed 14 people, including three who jumped to their deaths rather than face the flames and smoke. Others tied sheets together and climbed out upper floors. Some of the 130 residents regis tered at the Paxton Hotel weren’t ac counted for. Twenty people were brought to hospitals. When firefighters arrived at the four-story hotel, dozens of panicked residents were gathered at windows or dangled from them as wind whipped flames rose 15 feet in the air above die roof and blazed out other windows. The 65-year-old building had nei ther sprinklers nor fire escapes, though officials said it met all city codes. “The smoke was so intense, I couldn’t see the flames, and it was driving people out the windows,” said 45-year-old resident Minnie Byrd, who was reading in her third-floor room when she smelled smoke from the early morning fire. “I thought I had to jump, too. “I was praying real hard. I got one leg out the side and a fireman said, ‘Wait! Wait!’ and got the ladder to me.” Some of the roughly 130 resi dents registered at the four-story Paxton Hotel weren’t accounted for by Tuesday afternoon. Rescuers used heavy equipment to search the rubble because the par tially collapsed building was too dan gerous to send searchers inside. Victims lay on the ground, some The smoke was so intense, / couldn’t see the fiames, and it was driving people out the windows. - Byrd Hotel resident -99 - shouting in pain, while firefighters concentrated on rescuing people rather than fighting the blaze. :j . Robert Crowder, 61, complained that bars on the windows of his first floor apartment prevented him from escaping. “There was no way to get out,” Crowder said. “So I had to yell until I could attract the attention of firemen. They came up with a saw to saw through the bars. By this time, flames were coming through the door, and smoke was curling under the door.” Some residents tied sheets together and climbed out upper floors. Others jumped. Authorities found 10 bodies inside the building. One person pulled from a window was later declared dead. Some people apparently were over come as they slept Several died after being trapped on upper floors and one body was found in a closet. The fire was under investigation because it traveled quickly up two of three stairwells in the building, 1 1/2 miles north of the downtown Loop, blocking escape for dozens of people. I-World Wire Serbs renege on pledge to allow aid SARAJEVO, Bosnia Herzegovina— Bosnian Serb lead ers played with the hopes of the hungry in eastern Bosnia Tuesday, first pledging to allow aid in, then later imposing conditions. And as leaders of the warring factions prepared to resume peace talks in New York, Serb forces besieging Sarajevo subjected the Bosnian capital to its heaviest artil lery pounding in weeks. Ham radio operators in eastern Srebrenica reported four or five more villages in eastern Bosnia fell to Serb forces sweeping southward on a two-week offensive. That could not be independently con firmed. Tens of thousands of refugees from the Serb ad vance are crowded into Srebrenica. They have pinned their hopes on an aid convoy, halted since Thurs day by Serb forces at the Y ugoslav - Bosnian border. Marine wounded in Somalia firefight MOGADISHU, Somalia — Fighters for the man known as Gen. Morgan reportedly captured the southern port of Kismayu from a rival dan leader Tuesday. A third Somali warlord accused the United Stales of taking sides, i In a separate incident in the Bakara market, a U.S. Marine was t wounded in a firefight with two ' A Somalis, one of whom was shot to death by three other Marines. Marine Col. Fred Peck, the U.S. military spokesman few Operation Restore Hope, said Mohamed Said Hirsi, called Gen. Morgan, broke the cease-fire that had produced a semblance of peace for the 170,000 residents of Kismayu.