Febi'UUI'Y 16, 1972 CONtJRfSSlONAL RECORD -- SENATE
BUSING OF SCHOOLCHILDREN
\.o Mr. SCOTr. i\lr. President, the dis-tingni~
hed Senator from Florida (Mr.
GunNEYl i~ unfortunately, I think, under
(.he impression that the distinguished
nw iority leader and I may have indicated
thnl. by rea~on of our personal views that
~l:•tntory action on busing legislation
might be more expeditious and more effective
and migM accomplish the desired
res1tlt more quickly, we would block anY
I wi~h to assure the Senator from
Florida, who has made a statement on
this issur, that I would under no circum~
tances make any effort to block any constitnt.
ional amendment, including any
on this wbject, which might come !rom
the appropriate committee. Those arc
leadership functions, and they would bo
exr·rci~rtl in strict good faith on behalf
of nll Senators.
I hllH' mercl>· ~tated that while I might
nt stJme lime be i.n favor of a constitutinnal
nmendmPnt, at this time I am
lf'.ming lo tile view that perhaps we can
'l.Y that ns of now my st.•·ong feeling-
is that this Is not thr ril:ht wn.v to r~o
about it; that a ron~litntionnl nuH·tHlment
woultl be the wrung way to npproach
this problem; !,hat we can bPI t<'r
approach the problem through legiHlation.
I would not want to sec such cnnstitutional
amendments supported by the
Senate. I was pleased to note thn t V1C'C
Pre~ident AGNEW concurs with this position.
Mr. SCOTT. I thnnk lhe Srnator.
Mr. BYRD of Virginia. Mr. Prc•tdrnt,
will the Senator yield?
1\lr. SCOTT. I yirlcl.
Mr. BYRD of Vir~inia. Mr. Ple~id,.nt,
the Senator from Virginia drd not ser the
news m·t.iclc to which thf' Senator from
Pennsylvania and the Sen; tor !rom
Montana have directrcl t.hcmre11·cs.
But I was most encouraged to hPar the
Senator from Pcnnsylvnnia am! the St·nator
from Montana--tho minorily lrJdcr
and the majority lcndcr~'<1Y that compulsory
husing Is nn isstte whkh tlw St·natc
~honld face up to at tlus .~rssion. I
think that is encouraging.
I had not been awnre that ellhrr tile
minority le:-tder or the mninrity ll Hlu·
!tad in mind that the busillf1; i •1r shr ul 1
be met with Jrr~i~lation at this ·'""'on r
am pleased to hear thnt.
I am one of l.ho•e who h~~ f• II, t h t
probably tlu• effective r<:lll\'clY. ,•ml p ,.
haps thr only effectiv\' rcmrcly, would h"
a constitutional mnemlnwnt Duo if the
majority leatler nnd the minC'nty lr .l!iC'r
nrc willing lo support !'ffecliv" lrg1sl ttion.
then most certainly I would suppo1 t
such leg-islation. I \\·ani to ~er tlai~ mat.tpr
handled a.~ quickly :•s JJO.~siblc
But a con~tit.ntimwl ame11clmrnt. approur.
IL could be used also, as wn~ recommended
by the distinguished Senn tor
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