September 13, 1989 |
The White House Tuesday denounced a new alternative Democratic plan for expanding the drug war by $4 billion as "price tag politics" and threatened a presidential veto if Congress approves it. The alternative, sponsored by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) and backed by other key Democratic leaders, would cut all defense and domestic appropriations by 0.575% to produce the additional funds required for next year's anti-drug programs. Meanwhile, William J.
September 12, 1989
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee called for an across-the-board cut in federal spending to finance a $10-billion package of anti-drug funding--some $2 billion more than the $7.9 billion proposed by President Bush. The sweeping proposal by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.
September 7, 1989 |
The Bush Administration declined Wednesday to target Los Angeles for special assistance under the President's anti-drug initiative at this time, even though the city is believed to be fast replacing Miami as the nation's cocaine trafficking capital. Despite growing evidence of the city's role as a drug distribution hub, William J. Bennett, director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, and Atty. Gen.
September 7, 1989 |
In declaring war against drugs without vastly increasing the federal budget, President Bush is hoping that a relatively small increase in federal funds can leverage a much greater response from state and local officials. On Wednesday, his idea already was meeting with substantial skepticism from mayors and police chiefs who will be called upon to see that most of the actual fighting on the cities' streets is carried out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1988 |
A provision in the sweeping omnibus drug bill enacted Saturday by Congress provides $4.92 million to fund a federal Drug Enforcement Administration task force to fight the spread of Los Angeles gang activity to other cities. These funds had already been approved for the DEA in an earlier appropriations bill, but have now been specifically earmarked for the anti-gang task force.