November 22, 1989 |
President Bush signed into law a $14.6-billion foreign aid bill Tuesday night that includes the first cash in a promised three-year aid program for Poland and Hungary. The measure includes $533 million in new aid for Poland and Hungary, aid that has become politically popular because of the wave of economic and political reform sweeping Eastern Europe.
November 20, 1989 |
President Bush on Sunday vetoed a $14.6-billion foreign aid bill that included emergency economic aid for Poland and Hungary because the legislation provides $15 million for a United Nations family planning agency. The President contends that the agency finances compulsory abortions in China. The President's action marked the third time that he has vetoed a major bill containing funding for abortions.
November 19, 1989 |
Congress, rushing to adjourn for the year, will hold an extraordinary Sunday session today in an effort to complete work on a budget compromise and repeal of Medicare's controversial catastrophic care program. But lawmakers may be thwarted in their plans to leave town this week because dissident senators, including Republican Minority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas, are threatening a filibuster to save remnants of the catastrophic program.
November 15, 1989 |
Poland's Lech Walesa on Tuesday finally got to take up the invitation he received eight years ago to address the American labor movement, and--judging by his tear-streaked smile--how sweet it was. The emotional moment--shared by an overflow crowd of 1,100 AFL-CIO delegates who interrupted with applause about 29 times--would have strained a seasoned diplomat, let alone the spiritual father of Eastern Europe's democratic revolution.
November 7, 1989 |
House and Senate negotiators late Monday approved $533 million in aid to Poland and Hungary to support economic and political reforms in the coming year. Included is $200 million as the U.S. contribution to a $1-billion international fund to stabilize Poland's economy as well as money to set up private sector development programs of $45 million in Poland and $5 million in Hungary.
October 20, 1989 |
The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to provide $838 million--or nearly twice what President Bush requested--for economic aid to Poland and Hungary over the next four years. The measure, which passed 345 to 47, reflects a strong consensus in Congress that the current movements toward democratization in Poland and Hungary will fail unless the economies receive substantial assistance from the West. The Senate has not yet acted on a measure providing assistance to Poland.