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Thursday, November 30, 1993 Page 2
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Congress OKs lobbying changes I
that indicate the public still believes
lobbyists have runaway influence in
Washington, Congress on Wednes
day approved the first overhaul of
lobbying law in half a century.
President Clinton has said he will
sign the bill that would require lobby
ists to disclose information many
would prefer to hide: who their cli
ents are, the issues they are seeking to
influence and how much they spend
on persuading Congress and the ex
“There may be some activities that
have been going on quietly, secretly,
that will stop because of the light of
day,” said Rep. Charles Canady, R
Fla., a primary sponsor of the bill. “I
believe there have been abuses.”
“For untold numbers of years the
American people have justifiably be
lieved unseen forces were causing
Congress to make decisions,” said
Rep. John Bryant, D-Texas, who sup
ported both the lobbying changes and
a gift ban the House passed this month.
“Those forces will no longer be un
seen, and this Congress is no longer
going to be wined and dined.”
Wednesday’s 419-0 House vote—
following a 98-0 vote by the Senate in
July—belied the difficulty of bring
ing the bill through the legislative
thicket. At least 10 times since the
first, loophole-riddled lobbying regu
lations were passed in 1946, efforts to
update the law had ended in failure.
The most recent dead end was last
year, when a similar bill fell victim to
an end-of-the-session attack by Rep.
Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. — now House
speaker but then the minority whip
— and his GOP allies in the Senate.
Republicans said privately that they
had to buck their own leaders to get
the bill through this year.
While reformers called the bill
progress, they acknowledged it was
not perfect. A particularly large omis
sion was an exemption from disclo
sure for so-called “grassroots” lobby
ing, the fastest-growing area of the
persuasion business — including ac
tivities such as advertising, toll-free
phone lines and computerized direct
mail aimed at generating phone calls
and letters from the public to Wash
Canady and Rep. Barney Frank,
D-Mass., promised that those and
other leftovers would be addressed in
LEON, Nicaragua — An ex
ploding volcano rained mud, sand
and ash on the city and countryside
for miles around Wednesday, send
ing thousands fleeing by foot, bus
and ox cart.
Civil defense workers used ma
chetes and their bare hands to clear
roads for people escaping the rum
bling Cerro Negro, which was
spurting lava 1,000 feet into the
air. The volcano flung 50-pound
chunks of glowing rock for hun
dreds of yards.
Fifteen miles east of Leon and
75 miles northwest of the capital of
Managua, the 2,200-foot Cerro
Negro began belching sand and
lava Nov. 19 after a three-year lull.
It roared to life Tuesday night,
as molten lava formed a new volca
nic cone higher than the original
mountain, said Camilo Urbina,
seismologist at the Nicaragua Earth
Officers scout around Tuzla
— U.S. military experts arrived in
northern Bosnia Wednesday to scout
the battered countryside where thou
sands of GIs are to keep the peace.
“We’ve got a lot to do and very
little time to do it,” said Col. John
Brown, splashing through the mud in
a U.N. pickup truck.
Within weeks, some 20,000 U.S.
soldiers are to begin arriving, and
then will fan out across northeastern
Bosnia. French, British and other
troops will patrol the rest of the coun
In the meantime, Brown’s teams
will be bouncing over hundreds of
miles of northeastern Bosnia, check
ing landing strips, pothole-riddled
roads, scores of villages and many
The GIs will face “the same dan
gers that have been here for several
years and will continue. That’s why
we’re down here,” said Brown, chief
of staff for the 1st Armored Division.
Brown and nine other officers from
“We’ve got a lot to do
and very little time to do
COL. JOHN BROWN
the division flew from Germany to
the Croatian city of Split. They ar
rived in the northern city of Tuzla in
four white armored personnel carri
ers driven by Norwegian U.N. peace
Shortly afterward, the team made
its first foray into the smog-shrouded
hills around the U.N. airbase at Tuzla.
“We’re just taking a look around,”
Brown, in a helmet and camouflage
fatigues, said curtly during a stop in
burned-out Kalesija. The town, about
10 miles east of Tuzla, was on the
frontlines through much of the war
and has been empty since May 1992.
Survey finds teachers
happier with jobs, pay
WASHINGTON — Teachers
like their jobs more today than a
decade ago and are more likely to
recommend the profession to oth
ers, a survey found in a rare bright
spot for public schools.
One possible reason: Teachers
are nearly twice as likely now than
in 1985 to say their jobs pay them
a decent salary, the poll done by
Louis Harris and Associates found.
And more teachers felt they were
recognized when they had per
“There is a real, objective basis
for these findings, and that is the
rise in teacher salaries and the
restructuring many schools have
undertaken,” said Linda Darling
Hammond, a researcher at Colum
bia Teachers College.
But there was bad news, too,
Urban teachers said public support
for schools plummeted in the.Iasi
decade, while suburban teachers
saw it rise.
The survey released Wednes
day found other evidence of what il
called “a slow, steady and danger
ous drift toward inequality” be
tween urban and suburban schools.
City teachers were less pleased
with their schools’ curriculums and
academic standards. And they wor
ried more about problems like
drugs, teen pregnancy, over
crowded classrooms and violence
than suburban teachers did.
The survey found 54 percent of
teachers very satisfied with teach
ing, compared to 44 percent in
1985. Two-thirds said they would
recommend the career to young
Teachers’ salaries steadily ro^e
throughout that period before lev
elling off in the last few years,
Darling-Hammond noted. In addi
tion, many schools have under
taken reforms that give teachers
more decision-making power.
“Teachers know more about
what works in the classroom, and
they have a clearer idea of their
role,” said Elaine Griffith, the
nation’s teacher of the year.
Editor J. Christopher Hain Night News Editors Julie Sobczyk
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Managing Editor Rainbow Rowell Doug Peters
Assoc. News Editors DeDra Janssen Chad Lorenz
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Wire Editor Sarah Scaiet Production Manager Katherine Policky
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