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Former NY Senator, Buckley, Nominated for Judgeship

October 17, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Sen. James L. Buckley of New York will be nominated by President Reagan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, the White House says.

His nomination, expected to win Senate approval, adds to the conservative pull on the court, which is seen as one of the nation’s most liberal.

Buckley, 62, president of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, will fill the vacancy left by the death of Edward Allen Tamm. Buckley was a senator from New York from 1971 to 1977. He was defeated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, now serving his second term as a Democratic senator from New York.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The California official considered to be a top contender to replace outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler has withdrawn his name from consideration, an aide said.

David Swoap, who soon will leave the job to which California Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him, told the White House he doesn’t want the Cabinet post, said Jim Morgan, a spokesman at the California Health and Welfare Agency in Sacramento. ″After 21 years in the public sector, he had made plans to enter the private sector, and he felt the time was right to do so,″ Morgan said Wednesday.

Swoap announced in late September that he would resign effective Nov. 1 as secretary of the state agency to join a private government relations consulting firm with Michael Franchetti, former finance director to California Gov. George Deukmejian. Swoap is a former HHS undersecretary and had been a longtime aide to Reagan, serving as head of state welfare programs when Reagan was governor of California.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department has accepted bids for sale of 305,000 metric tons of wheat to Algeria under its in-kind export subsidy program, the government announced.

In addition the department will target Turkey for sales of up to 500,000 metric tons of wheat under the program, officials said Wednesday. The $2 billion, three-year export enhancement program is designed to make U.S. commodities more competitive in world markets.

Critics say that because it is restricted to countries where the United States has lost market share due to alleged unfair subsidies of competitors, other long-time customers for U.S. commodities are alienated. They include the Soviet Union, Korea, Nigeria and the Philippines, critics say.

WASHINGTON (AP) - ″Superfund″ cleanups of toxic dump sites must adhere to other federal environmental and health laws, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

EPA officials said the policy has been followed for a year, and Wednesday’s announcement simply put it on paper. John McCormick, hazardous wastes specialist for the Environmental Policy Institute, said however, that he would rather see such a rule in law books as well as administrative regulations. McCormick said the new policy would, for example, permit surface runoff from contaminated soil to carry no more pollution to a stream than a factory could legally put in the stream.

Some exceptions would be permitted to the new policy, EPA said, such as instances where it is technologically impractical to meet all standards laid down by other laws.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nineteen Republican Congress members are accusing the Federal Election Commission of ″habitual insensitivity to First Amendment rights″ in trying to revise limits on campaign contributions.

The congressmen sent a letter to the FEC this month expressing opposition to regulations the FEC is considering.

The proposed rules would affect accounting of contributions that political action committees make to candidates. One would require that an individual’s contribution to a PAC that eventually goes to a candidate must be counted toward the candidate’s overall legal limit on individual contributions.

The FEC Chairman John McGarry sais Wednesday there has been no decison by the commission on whether to accept any of the proposed rules.

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