1607 San Jacinto Closed Sundays A Texas Tradition Since 1866 No games, no gimmicks, no loud music. Just good conversation with the most interesting people in Austin. And the best of downhome cooking. le\\ 477-4171 Luncheon Specials Monday through Friday till 5:00 p.m. Shrimp Creole $2.80 Seafood Gumbo $3.15 Soup and Sandwich $1.80 Gazpacho and Sandwich $2.05 Serving sandwiches to seafood, from 11:30 until 11:30 every day of the week; open till midnight in the Metro Center,. San Antonio, Texas WOODY HILLS Food for People, Not For Profit A VEGETARIAN FOOD CO:OP 519 S. 1st Austin, Fexas the legendary RAW DEAL Steaks, Chops, Chicken open lunch and evenings 605 Sabine, Austin No Reservations S.1030 eliminated the need for congressional approval of a standby plan but still allowed either house to veto an actual decision to impose rationing. When the measure got to the House floor July 25, the still-skittish House surprised the leadership and the administration by approving an amendment reinstating congressional review and making S.1030 even worse than existing law. Eight Texans voted against this crippling amendment; they get the stars on Vote #12. At that point, House leaders quickly pulled the bill off the floor, waited a few days, twisted a lot of arms, and tried again. On July 31, Jim Wright was ready with an amendment reversing the July 25 vote, and this time they won, 234 to 189. Among the winners were 12 Texans, for 12 stars on Vote #13. There was one other controversial provision in the House bill. Phil Gramm had secured approval of a tough limit on the President’s authority to impose rationing. It barred rationing except when the demand for oil exceeds supply by 20 percenta crisis so severe that probably no rationing plan could resolve it. But the provision was part of a deal Dingell cut with Gramm in exchange for his support in committee, and nothing would budge it. Rep. Marc Marks \(R31 amendment to delete the 20 percent requirement. He was joined in this effort by Bob Eckhardt, who closed the debate. But nothing doing. The amendment was soundly beaten 63 to 356, and Eckhardt was the only Texan to vote for it. The House went on the next day to vote its approval of S.1030, which included a number of important conservation measures besides the gasoline rationing provisions. The vote divided mainly on party lines, but not in the Texas delegation. Democrats de la Garza, Hall, Marvin Leath, Jim Mattox. and Joe Wyatt joined the four Republicans in opposing the administrationbacked bill. Stars to the other 15 on Vote #14. It remained for a conference committee to work out the differences between the two versions of the billa significant chore, since the bill the Senate passed in June didn’t include the gas rationing plan. It took till mid-October, and what emerged was a compromise that largely removed congressional politics from the rationing and conservation process. Congressional review of a standby rationing plan is permitted, but under terms that make disapproval quite difficult. Phil Gramm’s 20 percent shortage requirement stayed in despite strong Senate objections, but with a proviso that Congress could waive it at the President’s request. As for conservation measures, they are largely left to the states’ discretion, though the feds can impose restrictions on uncooperative states in emergencies. L.R. Life Insurance and Annuities Martin Elfant, CLU Stith 600 Jefferson St., Houston, TX 77002 OF CANADA THE TEXAS OBSERVER 9
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