SENATE APPROVAL OF APPOINTEES TO US-CANADA PANEL SOUGHT

SENATE APPROVAL OF APPOINTEES TO US-CANADA PANEL SOUGHT

The Senate Finance Committee voted Monday to require that the Senate approve

appointees to the proposed binational panel for examining the dumping and export subsidy laws in the United States and Canada.

The committee considering implementing legislation for the U.S.-Canada trade liberalization agreement, voted, 6-4, that any U.S. appointees to this panel should be approved by the Senate.Administration officials complained that such a process would be costly and time-consuming, but Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., and Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., stressed that this process was critical.

The committee also voted to accept a proposal by Chairman Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, that would authorize the attorney general to sue states that do not adhere to changes in the trade laws resulting from the bilateral accord.

Sen. Bentsen said that empowering the attorney general with such authority would reduce the confusion that might follow any assertion of the right of legal action by state governments.

Two other provisions that were accepted include an amendment on potatoes and one on lobsters, which were both sponsored by Sen. George Mitchell, D- Maine.