Senators Want Access To Lake's FBI File
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 28) -- Republican senators are threatening to block President Bill Clinton's nomination of former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake as director of central intelligence unless the White House allows all senators to see the contents of an FBI file on Lake. The demand comes in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) from Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), co-signed by 16 other Republicans. In the letter, Gramm threatens to use procedural maneuvers in the Senate to block Lake's nomination if the FBI file is not made available. "We believe it is imperative," says Gramm, "that every senator have full access to all relevant information regarding Mr. Lake, including the complete file of background information compiled by the FBI." Hearings on Lake's nomination have been scuttled several times and currently are set for March 11.
Turning 17, Chelsea Gets A Night On The Town
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 28) -- Chelsea Clinton celebrated her 17th birthday with her parents and 10 friends Thursday night at a Washington restaurant, and this weekend the president and first lady will treat their only child to the razzle-dazzle of New York's Broadway stages. "They're going to go up, they're going to take in some shows, they'll probably have some meals and have some fun," White House spokesman Mike McCurry told reporters.
Moynihan Postpones Fund-Raiser
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 28) -- After calling last week for an independent prosecutor to investigate Democratic fund-raising, New York's Democratic senator, Patrick Moynihan, has pulled the plug on his March 10 political fund-raiser and 70th birthday party. Moynihan had invited 4,000 New York financiers and labor, business and political leaders to a $1,000-per-plate dinner at Rockefeller Center's famous Rainbow Room. But he told The New York Times that with all the current attention on campaign reform, "there is a chance that the rules might change and it would seem orderly to wait and see." Moynihan is up for re-election in 2000, and judging from his past campaigns, will probably raise about $10 million.
Airline Ticket Tax Passes Congress
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 28) -- Congress has easily passed a bill to reinstate the 10 percent tax on airline tickets through the end of September, and President Bill Clinton is expected to sign the measure. Why so little attention on a measure that will cost taxpayers $2.7 billion for fiscal 1998? "It's a wise move and protects the safety of our air passengers," Finance Committee Chairman William Roth (R-Del.) told The Associated Press. After recent airline disasters, it might indeed be hard to oppose funds that go for control tower improvements, de-icing systems and better runways. Still unknown is whether the airlines will attempt to pass the cost of the tax on to consumers through higher prices.
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