Your Inside View to the Strategies and Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington

Issue 157 * March 20, 1997

The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz Ridenour, President
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Strategy Lunch: Activities at the March 19 Wednesday Strategy Lunch chaired by Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK).

Senate GOP Releases List of 1997 Priorities

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) distributed a list Senate Republicans have made of their (tentative) top ten legislative priorities for 1997. They include: FY 1998 Budget Resolution aiming to balance the federal budget by 2002, S. 5 Product Liability (overhaul product liability laws), S. 6 Partial Birth Abortion, the Chemical Weapons Ban Treaty, S. 104 Nuclear Waste (mandates construction of a temporary nuclear waste facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain), S. 295 TEAM Act (amends 1935 National Labor Relations Act to make it clear that businesses are allowed to establish management-worker groups to address issues such as quality, productivity and safety), S 1 Education Reform (provides incentives to combat crime, drugs and violence in public schools), S. 4 Comp Time (allows businesses to offer hourly employees a choice between overtime pay or time off for hours worked after 40 hours a week), Reauthorization of ISTAE (highway project authorization) and Reauthorization of IDEA (allows states to stop educational services to disabled children in extreme disciplinary cases). Inhofe asked participants for suggested changes. Among those made: delete passage of the Chemical Weapons Treaty, add hearings on the U.S. tax structure and abuses by the IRS, reform of the Food and Drug Administration, defund the National Endowment of the Arts and pass tax cuts, including a $500 per child tax credit. Contact Senator Inhofe at 202/224-4721.

If the GOP Allows UN-Style Groups to Invade U.S. Businesses,
Reagan Won't Be the Last to Leave the GOP

Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy led a discussion about the Senate Republican Leadership's apparent willingness to schedule a vote on the Chemical Weapons Treaty. The treaty is opposed by many for 1) national security reasons, 2) because major chemical weapons made by Russia aren't covered, while ours are, and 3) because it would permit a United Nations-style international bureaucracy to inspect any site in the U.S. upon demand -- including U.S. private businesses, and thus is considered to be both a threat to the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and a threat to the sovereignty of the United States. "This is the kind of stuff we would have gotten from Hugh Scott, or Howard Baker," said Weyrich. Referring to conservative syndicated talk host Michael Reagan's March 17 decision to leave the Republican Party as a protest of weak-kneed policies, Weyrich added: "If this is going to be what is going to continue to go on, Michael Reagan won't be the last person to leave the Republican Party." Gaffney distributed a one page sheet "The Case Against the Chemical Weapons Convention." Contact Paul Weyrich at 202/546-3000 or Frank Gaffney at 202/466-0515 or [email protected] (

New Hill-White House Compromise Budget Would
Preserve Social Security Trust Fund and Balance Budget

Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) described a new FY 1998 federal budget proposal, the "Social Security Preservation Budget," which meets deficit targets without tapping into the Social Security Trust Fund (as has been done for years). Neumann's proposed budget would balance the budget by 2002, pay off the debt by 2023, allow for tax cuts and require no change in the Consumer Price Index. All this is done, said Neumann, by taking the President's budget, removing all new Washington spending proposals, and leaving other budget items intact. It should be possible to pass this budget, he said, since the President has already agreed to most of it, and would only have to agree to forgo new spending proposals in order to balance the budget in a manner that makes Social Security more secure. Neumann distributed a five-page analysis of his proposal, written in a reader-friendly style. Peter Ferrara of Americans for Tax Reform suggested that Neumann should meet with Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), who has a similar proposal. Contact Rep. Neumann at 202/225-3031 or [email protected] ( and Peter Ferrara at 202/785-0266 or [email protected] (

Two Letters to Speaker Gingrich Distributed:
One Could End Annual Gov't Shutdowns

Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) distributed two letters to House Speaker Newt Gingrich signed by a total of 54 Members of Congress on budget issues. The first addresses the problem budget-conscious Congressmen face to either approve more federal spending or to face government shutdown by creating a permanent continuing resolution. The proposal is to pass a law stating that, when a federal budget is not approved on time, the federal government can continue to operate at a fixed percentage of the prior year's budget level. That way, said Istook, we can "end the ridiculous pressure to either approve spending billions of dollars more or face a government shutdown." The second letter informs the Speaker that its 26 signers strongly oppose any federal budget that increases next year's total spending over this year's total spending. Last year Congress agreed to raised federal spending by $70 billion, and this year President Clinton wants to raise it by $60 billion. "If we don't raise spending for three years the budget balances," said Istook, who urged participants to stop talking so much about the CBO and the OMB and start talking about the need to end continual increases in the federal budget. Contact Rep. Istook at 202/225-2132 or [email protected].

Votes Sought for Override of Expected Abortion Ban Veto;
Armey Pledge Letter on End of NEA Distributed

Michael Schwartz of the House Family Caucus discussed the upcoming vote on the Partial-Birth Abortion Act. Anticipating a presidential veto of this ban on killing partially-born infants, advocates of the ban are seeking to find enough members of the House and Senate to support a veto override. Presently, Schwartz said, ban advocates are six votes short of 2/3rds in the House and have a total of 64 votes in the Senate. Schwartz said more lobbying is needed. Schwartz also distributed a September 19, 1995 letter signed by House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) agreeing (in his capacity as principal legislative scheduler in the House) to a two-year phase-out of the National Endowment for the Arts. "This is not about dirty pictures. This is about whether or not we will ever have any kind of limited government," said Schwartz, who wants the Majority Leader to hold to his agreement. Schwartz also urged talk show hosts and columnists to talk more about this year's battle over the NEA's future. Contact Mike Schwartz at 202/225-2701.

Bulletin Board:
Publications, activities, statements and plans of the conservative community.

House Majority Leader Presents Award
to Community Service Group
in Capitol March 20

House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-OK) will present the Freedom Works Award to the Omega Boys Club of San Francisco on Thursday, March 20 at a press conference in room H-219 of the Capitol at 10:15 a.m. "The Omega Boys Club since its inception in 1987 has taken more than 600 kids out of gang warfare and drug dealing, and has funded 140 inner city kids into colleges around the country," said Telly Lovelace, the Director of Project 21's Community Service Project. "Rep. Armey has picked a fine example in the Omega Boys Club of San Francisco." Mr. Lovelace is currently interviewing community service organizations and private schools for a report on the adverse and positive effects government has on them. Contact Telly Lovelace at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] and Michelle Davis of Rep. Armey's office at 202/225-6007. *

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