WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's colleagues praised him Wednesday as a man of "selfless demeanor" and intentions despite his acknowledged judgment error in backing a U.S.-financed school project in France for North African Jews.
The speeches on the Senate floor came a day after Congress--at Inouye's request--killed an $8-million project to build schools in France for North African Jews. The Senate, by a voice vote, approved a House-passed bill late Tuesday.
Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, acknowledged that he made an "error in judgment" in originally backing the project, which was included in a $600-billion omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed by President Reagan.
Sen. Daniel J. Evans (R-Wash.) said people like Inouye are "motivated by something other than their own self-interest." Inouye has a "selfless demeanor and dedication to the plight of those less fortunate than himself," Evans said.