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President wants Senate to hurry with new anti-terrorism laws
July 30, 1996

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton urged Congress Tuesday to act
swiftly in developing anti-terrorism legislation before its August
recess. (1.6 MB AIFF or WAV sound)

"We need to keep this country together right now. We need to focus on
this terrorism issue," Clinton said during a White House news

But while the president pushed for quick legislation, Republican
lawmakers hardened their stance against some of the proposed
anti-terrorism measures.

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, doubted that the
Senate would rush to action before they recess this weekend. The Senate
needs to study all the options, he said, and trying to get it done in
the next three days would be tough.

One key GOP senator was more critical, calling a proposed study of
chemical markers in explosives "a phony issue."

Taggants value disputed
Clinton said he knew there was Republican opposition to his proposal on
explosive taggants, but it should not be allowed to block the
provisions on which both parties agree.

"What I urge them to do is to be explicit about their disagreement, but
don't let it overcome the areas of agreement," he said.

The president emphasized coming to terms on specific areas of
disagreement would help move the legislation along. The president
stressed it's important to get the legislation out before the weekend's
recess, especially following the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park and
the crash of TWA Flight 800.

"The most important thing right now is that they get the best,
strongest bill they can out -- that they give us as much help as they
can," he said.

Hatch blasts 'phony' issues
Republican leaders earlier met with White House Chief of Staff Leon
Panetta for about an hour in response to the president's call for "the
very best ideas" for fighting terrorism.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,
emerged from the meeting and said, "These are very controversial
provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."

Hatch called Clinton's proposed study of taggants -- chemical markers
in explosives that could help track terrorists -- "a phony issue."

"If they want to, they can study the thing" already, Hatch asserted. He
also said he had some problems with the president's proposals to expand

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, said it is a
mistake if Congress leaves town without addressing anti-terrorism
legislation. Daschle is expected to hold a special meeting on the
matter Wednesday with Congressional leaders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.