Issue 123 * March 29, 1996
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Robert McConnell of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reviewed action on product liability reform in the House and Senate. McConnell predicted that President Clinton will veto reform despite editorials across the country saying that the reason the President won't sign the bill is because he is "bought and paid for" by the trial lawyers -- "which he is," McConnell said, calling trial lawyers the "largest single-issue lobby in America." McConnell distributed a summary of the legislation and said he has a target list available. Contact Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher at 202/955-8500.
Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation discussed the Senate schedule, the Democrats' attempt to raise the mandatory minimum wage, the GOP health care reform bill and related issues. Weyrich reported continuing frustration with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch's effort to help President Clinton win approval for three controversial judicial nominees, one of which, he said, is flatly incompetent. Contact Paul Coverdell's office at 202/224-3643, Rep. DeLay's office at 202/225-0197, and the Free Congress Foundation at 202/546-3003.
Peter Roff of GOPAC distributed information about GOPAC's new weekly conference call "U.S. House Briefing Series." Each Wednesday at 10 PM EST persons who wish to hear a political update from House Republicans may do so by dialing 703/736-7307. There is no charge (save any long-distance charges). Contact GOPAC's political department at 202/484-2282.
Major Andy Messing (USA-Ret.) introduced Major Gilbert Macklin (USMC-Ret.) who spent more than a year in Colombia training police fighting the drug war (including those who killed drug lord Pablo Escobar) and going with the Colombia police on drug war missions. Macklin discussed the present state of the war on drugs, noting that 80% of the cocaine imported in the U.S. comes from Colombia, and saying: "Our country, ever since President Clinton took over, has reneged on every promise [to Colombia] for military and law enforcement assistance to help stop the drug war... The Clinton Administration and our embassy in Bogata have reduced U.S. assistance to help Colombia fight the drug war by 80%." Macklin also discussed Castro's involvement with the Colombian drug trade, but said "the U.S. State Department doesn't want to open that can of worms." 1,000 Colombian police are killed fighting the drug war each year, he said. Andy Messing also distributed a March 24 Washington Times op/ed by himself and Kevin Volpe on difficulties for the U.S. posed by U.N. military deployments that heretofore have received scant media attention. Contact Gilbert Macklin and Andy Messing at 703/836-5402.
Radi Slavoff of the Bulgarian National Front introduced M.P. Philip Dimitrov, former prime minister (1991-92) of Bulgaria. Dimitrov, who speaks clearly-understandable English, briefed participants on the growing disenchantment among Eastern Europeans for democratic capitalism. Slavoff distributed a four-page paper closely mirroring Dimitrov's remarks. Contact Philip Dimitrov via the Bulgarian National Front at 301/530-8114.
Dr. Emilio-Adolfo Rivero of the New Cuba Coalition briefed participants on Castro's terrorism activities, including ordering that plans be prepared for sabotaging the U.S. nuclear plant at Turkey Point (near Miami), Florida. Rivero distributed the text of his remarks. Contact the New Cuba Coalition at 301/927-2167 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Major General Milnor Roberts (USAR-Ret.) of High Frontier discussed S. 1635, the "Defend America Act of 1996" introduced by both the Senate and House leadership, and distributed copies of the legislation. Roberts predicted that ballistic missile defense will be a major topic of this year's presidential election. Contact High Frontier at 703/671-4111.
Pamela Groover of Traditional Values Coalition updated participants on the effort to establish same-sex marriages by homosexuality advocates, and distributed 8-page TVC Talking Points succinctly covering several aspects of the issue. Contact Traditional Values Coalition at 202/547-8570.
Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Caucus discussed public opinion, congressional action and President Clinton's likely upcoming veto of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. He noted that there has recently been a change in poll results on abortion, saying that this is the first time in 25 years this has happened without a multi-million dollar ad campaign. Contact the Congressional Family Caucus at 202/225-3031.
Roland Foster of Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK)'s office discussed the March 27 Conference Committee meeting on the Ryan White Care Act, where a tight vote will be held on the "Baby AIDS" provision. He also distributed a Wall Street Journal March 26 editorial on "Baby AIDS" and additional information. Contact Rep. Coburn's office at 202/225-2701.
Heidi Stirrup of the Christian Coalition and Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Coalition discussed the Grassley/Largent "Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act," and why parents should support it. Contact Christian Coalition at 202/547-3600 and the Congressional Family Coalition at 202/225-3031.
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