Heckler to Meet Reagan on Future Role

Associated Press

Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret M. Heckler, reportedly under fire by critics who want her appointed ambassador to Ireland, is set to meet today with President Reagan to discuss her future.

An aide to Heckler said the secretary would “make an appropriate decision” if offered the Dublin post.

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that he was one of several members of Congress who had advised Heckler to see the President and “state her case . . . and that’s what she’s doing.”

Heckler is reportedly under fire from influential Administration critics who question her management abilities and solidarity with conservative ideals. White House Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan reportedly wants her to become ambassador to Ireland.

When asked about the ambassadorial post last month, Heckler said: “That’s a lovely position for someone else.”


White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Thursday that the President was pleased with Heckler’s performance and that there had been no discussion at the top level of the White House about replacing her.