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in tells votes Rep. Les AuCoin ent in my series of letters to editors the issues that have attention in the last two to go over four: The legislation, whaling, and the sustained- CANAL LEGISLATION: by the House implenting the Panama to the floor June 20. The fear: opponents of the treaty would succeed in attaching amendments to break the treaty terms negotiated by the President and ratified by the Senate a year ago. At stake was nothing less than the ability of the United States to administer and protect the Panama Canal through the end of this century to insure that it remains open, neutral and secure. For the U.S. to renege on the agreement would leave Panama free to disregard any or all provisions of the treaty. To get an idea of the enormous risk this would pose to the U.S., consider: Nearly 2 million tons of cargo valued at more than $400 million passed through the Panama Canal last year bound for ports in just one West Coast state. That state was Oregon. The ports: Astoria, Coos Bay and Portland. The expectation that "killer amend- ments" would be offered on the House floor proved accurate. The fear that some or all of them might pass fortunately did not. I led the fight against one of the worst of these riders, the Biaggi-Mottl amendment, which would have made it possible for the richest man in the United States, billionaire shipbuilder Daniel Ludwig, to collect up to $20 million from the government of Panama in compen- sation for a citrus plantation he shut down and abandoned in 1974 as unprofitable. As I explained in an earlier letter to you, the Panamanians have turned the citrus plantation into a productive cooperative and have offered $5 million to Ludwig in compensation. He rejected the offer. Nor has he pursued the matter, though there was every reason to believe the dispute could be resolved through the normal.mechanisms that are available to all U.S. investors abroad, or through provisions in the canal treaty calling for negotiations on such claims. The fact is, the Ludwig case is the only Sheridan Sun, Sheridan, Oregon, Thursday, July 12, 1979 5 major expropriation dispute with Panama that is unsettled. I hit this point hard in the floor debate: That it isn't a question of whether an American investor will be compensated, but whether the U.S. House of Representatives would allow itself to be used by a single special interest, a billionaire, in a way that would risk damaging the United States' reputation and foreign policy and would invite retaliation on the part of the Panamanian government. When you think about Alaskan oil going through the canal, when you think about the importance of keeping the canal in operation for the best interests of the United States, when you think about the possibility of Panama pulling the plug in reaction to what it would surely regard as a double-cross by the U.S. after the treaty has been ratified, the mischief the Biaggi-Mottl amendment would cause is evident. It was evident to a majority of th(" House. After a voice vote in which the Biaggi-Mottl amendment was declared to have passed, I demanded a roll-call vote The count: ayes 194, nays 227. This vote set the stage for House approval of the Panama Canal bill. WHALING MORATORIUM: The 41 sperm whales that died two weeks ago on the Oregon Coast near Florence were a timely and tragic reminder of the need to stop commercial whale hunting. A resolution I introduced urging the International Whaling Commission ~o adopt an immediate and indefinite ban t;n commercial whaling was approved by the House on June 25. A companicm Continued on Page 14 rs relief measure Legisla: this year. relief to person, some tax 1) help of rent; income, 2) to low and 3) 4) a limit asses- a limit on may control over a split tax levies. Department of questions lief plan in series relief; Part tax, the limit and limits. PLAN get all this that rent tax homeowners 3) benefits Home- Renter (HARRP). rebate will be De- on for 1978. A to you in is rebate. The and state take effect P~grmm l~r- i Will decide in to con- homeowners' pay up to tax Novem- state this payment HOmeowner ' s Which will be In June. 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