WASHINGTON--The House plans to vote on the GATT Uruguay Round implementing bill this week, while a Senate vote, which at times last week seemed doubtful, has been set for Dec. 1.
House Speaker Thomas Foley (D., Wash.) predicted on Friday that the implementing bill would easily pass. In the Senate, advocates also are optimistic it will pass, yet the vote comes much later than wished.
As reported, Ernest Hollings (D., S.C.) threatened last week to delay the vote until 1995 by taking up to the full 45 days allowed under Senate rules to examine the bill in the Senate Commerce Committee, which he chairs.
In an effort to appease Hollings, an ardent GATT foe, Senate leadership and the White House agreed to give Hollings the time he sought. But the Senate will return after the November elections to begin debate on the worldwide trade pact Nov. 30.
In a floor speech Friday, Hollings explained his opposition to the pact, which would lower tariffs an average of 40 percent worldwide and reduce other trade barriers between more than 100 countries.
"I am fully intent on killing GATT," Hollings said. "The President is not a leader in international trade. The U.S. is going to hell in a hand basket economically."
He also complained that the administration did not ask the Senate to return after November elections to debate other measures also deemed important, including health care, campaign finance reform and a high technology measure.
--Fairchild News Service

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