ACCESSION NUMBER:328331 FILE ID:POL306 DATE:02/23/94 TITLE:CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (02/23/94) TEXT:*94022306.POL CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (Burdensharing, Dole, Farrakhan) (700) PERRY SAYS TROOPS STILL NEEDED IN EUROPE Defense Secretary Perry says the 100,000 U.S. troops slated to remain in Europe in the near future are absolutely necessary for American security -- 1ut members of the House of Representatives Budget Committee disagree on the number of troops needed. U.S. troop levels under NATO command that peaked at 300,000 during the Cold War are being reduced over five years to about 100,000. During a hearing February 23, Committee Chairman Martin Olav Sabo asserted that European allies should be doing more to defend themselves, especially with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Sabo said the administration's budget projections may be relying too much on American military power and not enough on NATO. John Kasich, the ranking minority Republican on the panel, assailed the European allies for not paying more to quarter U.S. troops that they host. European countries pay only about $300 million per year while Tokyo pays about $2,500 million to billet a far smaller number of U.S. troops in Japan, he said. Perry responded that the 100,000 American troops scheduled to stay in Europe are there "not as a favor to European nations" but rather to insure "our own national interest." "We are not free of security problems" in Europe, and are not likely to be so for a long time, he asserted. DOLE ASSAILS RUSSIA FOR SPYING ON U.S. In a statement critical of Russia and President Clinton's policy toward that country, Senate Republican leader Robert Dole said February 23 that Russian President Boris Yeltsin cannot "have it both ways," spying on the United States and seeking American help. Dole was responding to the arrest February 22 of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official accused of spying for Russia even since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dole's viewpoint is especially important because a small group of his Republican colleagues might be able to block Russian aid legislation despite efforts by the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress. "The American Congress and American taxpayers will not keep sending...aid" to Russia if Moscow continues to "pursue Cold War business as usual," Dole declared. He outlined three conditions that Russia must meet if it is to receive any further American help: -- cease and condemn efforts to penetrate U.S. intelligence and issue a clear presidential statement of policy to that effect; -- cooperate fully with Washington in assessing the damage of the latest espionage incident to U.S. security, and; -- remove all Russian spies from the United States. "In my view, such steps are a bare minimum for a recipient of massive tax dollars form the United States," said Dole. He also criticized Clinton for moving "perhaps too far, too fast" in assuming Russia had changed since the Soviet demise. Clinton was wrong, he said, to allow Russian veto of NATO expansion, wrong to ignore Russian military and intelligence activities in other former Soviet states, and wrong to welcome a Russian role in ending the Bosnia conflict. "Had we known" about the spy incident "when we talked about foreign aid to Russia, it wouldn't have passed," Dole added. HOUSE VOTES TO CONDEMN SPEECH BY FARRAKHAN AIDE The House of Representatives by a vote of 361-34 February 23 has condemned a 1peech by an aide to Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan as racist, anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic. The aide, Khalid Abdul Muhammad, called Jews "bloodsuckers of the black nation" in a speech at Kean College in New Jersey. He also attacked the Pope and called for "the assassination of every white infant, child, man, and woman in South Africa." The speech, the resolution states, "incites divisiveness and violence on the basis of race, religion, and ethnicity." The resolution states that the House of Representatives condemns the speech "as outrageous hatemongering of the most vicious and vile kind" and "condemns all manifestations and expressions of racism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance." The resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 3 by Democratic Representative Tom Lantos. The Senate passed a similar resolution a day earlier. NNNN .