Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 14, 1980, Page 3, Image 3

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    Senate committee approves draft bill
By SALL Y HODGKINSON
Of the Emerald
The U S. Senate Appropria
tions Committee approved on
Tuesday $13.7 million for draft
registration after Oregon Sen.
Mark Hatfield delayed the final
vote for more than a week.
The committee appropria
tion is an increase of $400,000
over the original request for
$13.3 million to register 19- to
20-year-old males beginning
this summer. The increase al
lows for a conscientious ob
jector check-off box on the
registration form.
Hatfield delayed the vote by
long periods of testimony and
proposing a series of amend
ments. Although Hatfield is
opposed to draft registration
and has vowed to filibuster the
bill in the Senate, he proposed
the CO amendment to delay
congressional registration ap
proval.
Because the House has ap
Hatfield amendment adds CO option
proved the original registra
tion funding request, if Hat
field’s amendment is passed
by the Senate, the registration
bill will go to a joint House
Senate conference commit
tee, stalling any final congres
sional approval.
Registration opponents say
delays increase their chances
for defeating registration.
Hatfield will file a minority
report on the committee's ac
tion Tuesday. The Senate
cannot consider the issue until
next Friday — three days after
the report is issued.
The Selective Service Sys
tem recently has printed 25
million draft registration forms
as part of its “obligation to be
ready at any time to register
people,” says Brayton Harris,
assistant director of the selec
tive service.
It takes six to eight weeks
Emerald graphic
and $135,000 to print new
draft registration forms, Harris
says, adding that the selective
service is "looking into" the
implications of the CO check
off box.
“But it doesn’t strike me as a
significant change," he adds.
And I don’t think it will be very
useful because it is non-bind
ing.”
Harris says the CO box may
mislead registrants because
they will still have to appeal for
CO status if they are drafted.
“CO is a very serious, moral
consideration. It’s not
something someone can enter
lightly into by checking off a
box."
Harris says the selective
service can deliver draftees to
the defense department within
30 days without draft registra
tion, but peacetime registra
tion allows more time for the
selective service to deal with
protesters.
“We don’t want to coordin
ate a major event (drafting)
during great turmoil," he adds.
“Peacetime draft registration
only costs $8 million.”
Pres. Jimmy Carter is some
what disappointed that regis
tration legislation is taking so
long to pass through Con
gress, says Jim Purks, White
House assistant press secre
tary.
"We re aware that the com
mittee’s amendment is going
to slow things down, but that’s
part of the legislative
process," Purks says. "We
want the issue thorouqhlv
aired.’’
Purks adds that if the issue
creates a lot of debate and is
still approved, the Soviet
Union will "know it wasn't rail
roaded through Congress."
Protests against Carter's
plan have died down in Wa
shington, Purks says. "There's
always someone protesting
out in front here (of the White
House). The president is used
to dissent and disapproval. He
just thinks registration is the
right decision."
Campus petitions oppose
mandatory athletic fee
A University graduate student
says she has collected more
than 1,500 signatures from
students opposed to the idea of
a mandatory $20-per-term ath
letic fee.
Kiernan O'Roarke began cir
culating petitions last week in
an effort to discredit the validity
of the straw ballot poll taken
during the ASUO general elec
tions on April 23 and 24. In that
vote, students approved the fee
by a 64-vote margin, 1,860 to
1,796.
O'Roarke says she would like
help collecting signatures,
which so far she has done sin
gle-handedly. “It's pretty easy
to do,” she says. "A lot of peo
ple are really mad."
Her goal is to collect more
signatures than the total
number of students who voted
in the general election and pre
sent the petitions to University
Pres. William Boyd and the
State Board of Higher Educa- —
tion.
“If we walk in with a lot of
signatures, maybe they'll have
to think twice about using the
straw ballot as a strong mandate
for the athletic fee." O'Rourke
says the straw ballot is an inac
curate representation of the
general feeling on campus.
The proposal passed in the
non-binding poll because those
opposing the fee were not as
organized as people in favor,
she says.
Students can pick up blank
petitions in the ASUO office
Suite 4, EMU.
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