Beck Avoids Senate Questioning, Invokes Fifth Amendment Again; Congress Sends Ike Money Bill
WASHINGTON, May 16--A grim-faced Dave Beck took the Fifth Amendment again and again today at a swiftly moving Senate inquiry marked by these other developments: 1. A Teamsters Union bookkeeper testified he had no idea that Beck was using union funds until Beck paid back $200,000 in 1954.
2. The bookkeeper, Donald McDonald of Seattle, disclosed Beck has repaid $370,000, having sent in $100,000 within the last two weeks.
3. The Senate Rackets Committee confronted Beck with a list of some 52 ways in which it charged he has "misused his authority, position and trust."
4. Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) declared the inquiry has uncovered "an alliance of big business with big labor with apparently little regard being paid to the rights of union members whose funds were involved."
5. Sen. McClellan (D-Ark.), committee chairman, challenged the Teamsters Union to find out for itself whether the charges against its president are "fact or fiction."
WASHINGTON, May 16--Congress wrapped up and sent to the White House today its first big money bill of the year, and Sen. Lyndon Johnson (D-Tex.) proclaimed:
"We have saved $80,363,000 for the taxpayers in the first of the 15 annual appropriations."
The $3,884,927,000 bill, to finance the Treasury and Post Office departments and the tax court, was $80,363,000 smaller than President Eisenhower had asked.
While the reduction was only two per cent, it symbolized the uphill struggle Eisenhower is in for in his effort to get all, or nearly all, of the $71,800,000,000 he plans to spend in the year beginning July 1.
His newest appeals in support of the budget, voiced in a speech to the nation Tuesday night and in his news conference yesterday, developed little if any effective response.