January 27, 1970 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE
PRESIDENT NIXON'S v.ETO MESSAGE
ON THE LABOR-HEW APPROPRIATION
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President the
P.~sident has his il)dependent res~nsiblhties;
he has acted .Pn them, according
to his lights. I do not agree with the
P:esident's action. I hope the Congress
will reverse that action.
The veto message in its reference to
in!:latron Jgnores the fact that the con-gress
has already cut out of the President's
overall budget many times the
amount which has been added in this bill.
It has cut frills for defense. It has cut
fancies for space. The reduction in foreign
aid alone roughly equals the sum
that was adde.;l. by the Congress to this
bill for better education and libraries,
for pollution control, for hospital construction,
health research, and nurses
training, for programs to try to get the
poor off the relief rolls and into productive
occupations. All of these items and
others in this bill have a lot to do with
the quality of American life about which
the President has spoken so eloquently.
Where, then, I! so much more has been
cut than has been added, is the overall
There are items in this bill with which
I do not agree. That is the way with most
significant legislation. I might say, one of
the items which I think is open to scrutiny
is the one which the President emphasized
in his veto message, and that is
the question of impacted aid, because
there are some areas where it is not needed
and where, think, some tightening up
and corrections can be made. But because
a small part of the program is affected in
this particular measure, it does not mean
necessarily that the whole program of
impacted aid is bad. It is not. There are
items in this bill with which the President
disagreed but we do not have an
item-by-item veto power in the Presidency.
We still operate on the principle
of compromise in this Government.
There comes a time when the perfection
which is attainable in words confronts
the practicabilities which are pursuable
in action. Between them lies a
void of immobilized disenchantment.
That is the point of decision. It seems to
me that is where we are on this appropriation
bill. To fail to pass this bill, in
my Judgment, will be to invite the continued
neglect of the Nation's inner
needs. To pass this bill will be to move
a little closer toward a new and better
balance as between domestic urgencies,
the needs of defense and the requirements
of foreign policy. I want to emphasize
that, in my opinion, the keyWord
is "balance" between all three. In that
sense, this is the right bill at the right
time and for the right purpose.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 58, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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