WASHINGTON — The Senate voted today to require the Soviet Union to move its new hilltop embassy in Washington to a site less conducive to spying despite what a conservative Republicans called the current U.S.-Soviet "love-in."
The measure by Sen. Steven D. Symms (R-Ida.) was an amendment to the $3.63-billion State Department authorization bill and was passed by voice vote.
The Senate passed the same measure in a defense authorization bill last week, but that legislation is under threat of a presidential veto.
"This is an amendment that needs to be drilled home again and again," said Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).
Hill Versus Swamp
Helms said the Soviet Embassy, newly completed on Mt. Alto, is on the highest hill in Washington and is loaded with electronic surveillance equipment, while the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is in "a swamp" and is riddled with Soviet bugging devices.