Eastern Airlines Veto

The House failed to override President Bush's veto of a bill (HR 1231) injecting the government into the dispute between Eastern Airlines and the striking International Assn. of Machinists. The tally was 261 to 160. A two-thirds majority was needed to override.

Under the bill, which is backed by organized labor, a panel appointed by Congress was to have made non-binding recommendations on ending the dispute.

Override supporter Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) called the bill "our last hope of restoring Eastern as a competitive airline."

"When no transportation emergency exists . . . the President and Congress have no role to play in labor disputes," said veto supporter Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.).

Members voting yes wanted to override the veto.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Gallegly (R) x Rep. Lagomarsino (R) x

To Help U.S. Foundries

By a vote of 382 to 27, the House sent to the Senate a bill (HR 1243) setting up three government research centers to help the faltering metal-casting industry become more competitive. The new federal program would cost the Treasury $15 million over three years, and foundries also would fund it.

Supporter Ben Erdreich (D-Ala.) said "over half of U.S. foundries have closed since 1971, putting tens of thousands of Americans out of work."

Opponent Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.) asked, "Why should the government finance projects for industries which do not finance them themselves?"

Members voting yes wanted to create a new program to help the metal casting industry.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Gallegly (R) x Rep. Lagomarsino (R) x

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