ustxtxb_obs_1984_01_27_50_00004-00000_000.pdf

Page 24

by

The amendment lost 167-175. He followed this with a vote EPA pesticide regulations subject to approval by the USDA. This also failed, 164-233. Krueger voted against an amendment approve state certification programs in those states requiring farmers to undergo training in order to use restricted pesticides. This amendment passed, 250-155. In 1975, Krueger also voted in favor of attempts to remove mortgage disclosure provisions from a federal bank regulation bill. These disclosure provisions were included in order to prevent “redlining,” or the denial of mortgage loans to certain inner-city neighborhoods. H.R. 10024 required mortgage lenders in 265 metropolitan areas to provide information on mortgage loans made in every city tract. Republican John Rousselot of California introduced an amendment to delete the disclosure provision. The amendment failed, 152-191, with Krueger one of 68 Democrats voting for it. The banking bill with mortgage disclosure requirements intact passed. 177-147, with Krueger one of 62 Democrats opposed. Krueger displayed a penchant for protecting the financial interests of big business at the expense of the citizen-consumer. In 1977, he voted -against a bill increasing oil-spill producer liability for oil spills to include damages to property and natural resources as well as to pay for clean-up. The bill, which also set up a fund to pay for oil spill clean-up, passed, 332-59. When President Carter introduced his hospital cost control plan in 1977, setting a 9% annual limit on hospital revenue increases, Krueger played a significant role in defeating it. Krueger was a member of the House Commerce Committee that, in a 22-21 vote in 1978, substituted a bill by Republican James Broyhill of North Carolina for Carter’s initiative. The Broyhill bill called for a voluntary hospital effort to cut back costs 2% per year, deleting all mandatory federal regulation of hospital revenue. The evidence of this measure’s ineffectiveness can be. seen in continuing hospital cost increases. According to the Congressional Quarterly of July 22, 1978: “The president of the Texas hospital association sat in on every markup session, committee sources said. \(Two Texas Democrats on the committee, Robert ‘Bob’ Krueger and Bob Gammage, were consistently on the opposite side Krueger’s voting record does not show evidence of a commitment to educational opportunity that one might expect of an educator. In 1975, he voted against a bill authorizing a substantial increase in the federal money to educate handicapped children. The bill passed, 375-44. with 8 Democrats including Krueger opposed. When the conference report on the bill was presented to the House, Krueger was one of only 3 Democrats opposed. It passed 404-7, with even Tower voting for the conference report in the Senate. The following year, Krueger was one of 24 Democrats voting against an amendment to an appropriations bill, adding $60 million for education for the handicapped and $315 million for Basic Education Opportunity Grants. The amendment passed, 318-68. In 1975, Krueger joined three other Democrats in voting against action to override President Ford’s veto of an extension of school-lunch and child-nutrition programs. The veto was defeated handily, with 397 votes in favor of overriding and 18 votes opposed. One year later, Krueger again joined the supporters of Ford in voting against a House effort to override Ford’s veto of a bill authorizing an additional $125 million to the states to assist them in complying with Congressional regulations on health, safety, and staffing in day-care centers. This veto was defeated, 301-101. In 1975, Krueger voted three times in favor of an amendment to the 1976 Education Appropriations bill which would have prevented HEW from enforcing Title IX of the Educational Act, prohibiting sex discrimination, for P.E. programs and honorary societies. The amendment passed, 253-145, with Krueger voting in favor. The conference report on the bill returned to the House without the amendment, which was then re-attached by a 212-211 vote, with Krueger in favor. Because the Senate would not adopt the amendment, the House was forced to vote again on its inclusion. This time the amendment was deleted, 215-178, but Krueger again voted for its inclusion. In the arena of foreign affairs, Krueger has shown a marked lack of concern for human rights. In 1975, he voted against the Harkin amendment to the foreign aid bill, which denied aid to countries whose governments consistently violated the human rights of its citizens. The amendment passed, 238164. In 1976, Krueger paired against the House measure setting up a federal office to monitor the human rights actions of countries signing the 1975 Helsinki accords. This bill passed, 240-95. In 1976 and 1977, he voted in favor of continuing military aid to Chile, Argentina and Somoza’s Nicaragua. In 1976, Rep. Michael Harrington introduced an amendment to the foreign military aid bill which would cut off the provision of $122 million in military sales to Chile. The amendment was defeated, 139-266, with Krueger voting against it. In 1977, Krueger paired for an amendment to the 1978 foreign aid bill restoring $3.1 million in military assistance to the Somoza government in Nicaragua. The amendment passed, 225-180. He voted against an amendment to the same bill, which erased $700,000 targeted for military assistance for Argentina. This amendment passed, 223-180. Krueger favored heavy military spending not only abroad but at home. Between May 1975 and February 1978, he had seven opportunities to vote on the B-1 bomber. Each time he voted in favor of its development. In 1975, Krueger voted initial procurement appropriation for the B-1. The amendment was defeated. In 1976 and 1977, Krueger twice voted with colleagues in successful efforts to reject amendments to defer or delete B-1 appropriations. When, on June 30, 1977, the House voted 202-199 to back President Carter’s cancellation of the B-1, Krueger again voted in favor of the B-1 program. In October of that year, Krueger was one of 80 Democrats voting for an amendment, which was defeated, adding $1.4 billion for five B-1 bombers. In December 1977, Krueger was one of 88 Democrats voting against Carter’s request to withdraw $462 million from the 1977 budget for the B-1. Carter lost that round. In February 1978, however, the conference report included Carter’s requested withdrawal. This time the House passed the amendment, 234-182, with Krueger one of 76 Democrats still voting in opposition. And there’s more. Krueger voted for a food-stamp reduction, for termination of veteran’s education benefits, and against an appropriation for a national women’s conference. He voted against appropriations for the Consumer Products Safety Commission, against the common-site picketing bill, for a limitation of nuclear industry liability in the event of a nuclear accident, and against the indexing of the minimum wage. In an interview in the November 11, 1983 Observer, Krueger defends several of these votes, citing nuances of legislative intent apparently lost on his colleagues. He states he is uncertain whether, today, he would support the B-1 bomber, calling it “too heavy.” But the votes remain. And the picture they present is not of what Krueger characterizes as “the only person who has a chance to influence . . . who is open-minded enough to weigh a situation.” What they 4 JANUARY 27, 1984