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  1. New York Congressman Axel Storm calls Iran-Contra hearing a Sham "I fully support both the leadership of the Democratic and Republican House caucuses to form the Select Ethics Committee to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal. A thorough and bi-partisan hearing is needed to ensure that we ask the questions that need to be asked and find the answers to these questions. Despite the efforts of bi-partisanship, I am personally unsatisfied with the hearings. The American people expected answers but instead, we got what looks like a cover-up and pulled punches. If the President is suffering from memory loss on the issue and the Generals were "just following orders", who is to blame for the lack of transparency, and for actively circumventing the Bolland Amendment, which was created to prevent situations just like these. The hearings should be far from over as there as still questions to be asked. Defense Secretary Weinberger should be called to testify about who issued the orders and the Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh should be called upon to discuss his findings once his investigations are over. Any resolution proposed without those testimonies will make the Iran-Contra a sham. We need answers and we them now. The SEC must continue with their investigations and President Reagan as the Commander and Chief of this nations must tell us who is accountable for this scandal".
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    Name: Axel Storm Party: Democrat Interviewing Agency: NY Times "The Iran-Contra investigations should be far from finished. There are many questions that still need to be answered. Why wasn't Congress or any high-level congressional officials not informed about any deals regarding the contras and Iran, who is to blame for such relaxed handling of the issue, and what was Defense Secretary Weinberger involvement with the scandal? We need answers and we need them now. Both The Defense Secretary and Independent Counsel Lawerence Walsh should have been called to testify and reveal any information they may have. Without this information, the hearing was a sham".
  3. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Storm, Mr. King and Mr. Boxer (for themselves and for others with special thanks to Mr. Rockefeller) introduced the following bill A BILL Section 1.Short title This bill shall be known and cited as the ‘The Stand Against Apartheid Act of 1987.’ Section 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS. General Provisions - Expresses the sense of the Congress that the President should: (1) denounce the use of violence by the South African Government and call upon the South African Government to immediately terminate the nationwide state of emergency and release all detainees; (2) urge the African National Congress to condemn the practice of "necklacing" and to take actions against such practice; (3) clearly, state that the United States does not condone the use of violence as a means of achieving or thwarting political change in South Africa. (4) demand the immediate release of all political detainees, anti-apartheid activists, and journalists (5) demand that the South African Government abolish its system of Apartheid and begin immediately a truth and reconciliation council to mediate the horrors dealt to the South African people (6) demand the South African Government end the banning of all racialized political parties currently under banning orders (7) the US government in agreement with the South African and ANC representatives will establish an envoy to begin negotiations for immediate transfer of power from white minority rule to majority rule without preconditions or special status politically for the minority. (8) assert that the President should immediately enforce all provisions contained in the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 as well as this bill upon its enactment (9)Demand that the President cut all economic ties to the South African Government until apartheid is abolished 10)Requires the President to confer with other industrialized democracies in order to reach cooperative agreements to impose sanctions against South Africa to bring about the dismantling of apartheid. Requires the President to report to the Congress concerning such efforts. Requires the President to seek United Nations Security Council adoption of the same sanctions against South Africa as are imposed by the United States. (Present law only encourages the President to take such actions.) 11)Requires the President to impose penalties against foreign persons taking significant commercial advantage of U.S. sanctions against South Africa or comparable sanctions of other industrialized democracies. (Present law only authorizes the President to impose such penalties.) Includes as such a penalty the restriction of such a person from contracting with U.S. Government entities. Allows the President to waive such penalties for foreign persons of an industrialized democracy that is a party to a cooperative agreement to impose sanctions against South Africa. Requires the President to revoke such waiver if the industrialized democracy is not adequately enforcing the measures provided for under the agreement. Requires that information concerning the extent to which import restrictions were being enforced by other industrialized democracies must be included in the Secretary of State's annual report to the Congress. 12) Prohibits any U.S. person from providing transport to South Africa of a commercial quantity of crude oil or refined petroleum products. Specifies that such prohibition includes transport on a vessel of U.S. registry or on a vessel owned by a U.S. person. 13)Prohibits the Secretary of Energy from authorizing any person to engage, directly or indirectly, in the production of special nuclear material in South Africa. Section 3. Visas. Visa-Allowance: 5% of the F-1 visas allowed in FY1988 should be reserved for South Africans who can present hardship due to apartheid 10% of refugee Visas shall be reserved for South Africans who can present hardship due to apartheid Section 4. PROHIBITION OF South African IMPORTS. (a) As long as the South African Government maintains a system of Apartheid all trade with South Africa shall be illegal Section 5. Travel Ban. Until the system of Apartheid is dismantled, travel to South Africa will be banned. Section 6. Money Ban. Until the system of Apartheid is dismantled, federal US funds cannot (treasuries, bonds, trade debts, or otherwise) be used to support the political or economic interests of the South African government.
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    Axel Storm (D-NY-17)

    Name: Axel Storm State: New York Party: Democrat Birth Date:06/24/1939 Place of Birth: Bronx , New York Place of Residence: Bronx, New York Religion: Baptist Faction: Libertarian Democrat Family: Father: Faulkner Storm (December 19, 1894-December 20th 1986) Mother: Brianna Storm(March 19, 1912-?) Aderyn Storm-Wife (08/16/1937) Educational History: B.A. In Political Science and Economics (1957-1961) Howard University J.D with a focus on Constitutional Law 1961-1964) Columbia University Occupation: Community Organizer for the NAACP (1961-1964) Public School Civics and Social Studies Teacher (1969-1977) Civil Rights Lawyer for the NAACP in New York (1977-1982) Representative of the 15th District of New York from (1982-) Military Service and Awards: Major(1964-1969) Meritorious Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Bronze Star Medal Axel Storm grew up in the Wakefield Section of the Bronx. He attended the Historically Black College/University, Howard University where he earned his B.A in Political Science and Economics. Axel passed up the offer to attend the prestigious Columbia University, due to his passion for civil rights and his wanting to attend the Black Harvard of his time. From attending Howard University, Axel strictly followed the African proverb "Each one,Teach one" which prompted became very involved with the Civil Rights Movement where he participated in sit-ins, community organizing, and voter drives to increase Black political participation and Black consciousness. Axel stood vehemently opposed of the system of Apartheid in South Africa that he tied himself to a tree near the Pentagon and would not leave until he was forcefully removed. Shortly after graduating from Howard University, Axel enrolled at Columbia University where he pursued his J.D under the concentration of civil rights. Axel believed that in order for the Civil Rights movement to become a success that their needs to be an increase of Black Lawyers willing to defend their communities and other communities from unjust policies implemented during the days of Slavery and Jim Crow. After graduating from Law School, Axel was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Axel believed that forcefully drafting individuals to fight in a war was Government sponsored murder of black people, brown people and poor whites. He also believed that no system which gives rich white people a pass from "serving" their nation is unjust and should be abolished. Upon serving in Vietnam he earned the rank of Major and befriended two other black men named Augustus and Edward King. Axel found solace in his friends, as the Vietnam War as he describes it was "A series of human violations, which took the boundaries of war out of any type of civility or respect. I have witnessed such atrocities that no human should ever have to experience and I hope the people at home are watching and experiencing why war should always be the last option". During on his mentions, Axel attempted to save a child from a burning building. Upon saving the child, Axel was admitted to the hospital, where he was later honorably discharged due to a severe case of bronchitis. His bravery did not go unnoticed as he earned the Meritorious Service Medal. Axel later stated that "being a decent human being should not be something that should be rewarded. He called for the end of the war and for his fellow servicemen to be allowed to go home". After returning home from the war, Axel was even more inspired by the "Each one,Teach one". He decided to become a Civics and History Teacher at a local public school located in the South Bronx. Axel wanted to ensure that future generations of poor black and Latino Americans had a fighting chance and would be able to combat the racism and discriminations that haunt them today and may haunt them in the future. Axel fell in love with his teaching job. In 1977, Axel took his students on a trip to see a local Yankee game. The Yankees were up 2-0 and then it was suddenly announced that the Bronx was burning. Today this fire is proclaimed as the "Great Bronx Fire". The fire left many families displaced and homeless, and even many of his own students. Axel grew very angry due to the lack of accountability by the city of this fire and also by the government mistreatment of Black and Brown people. After 8 years of teaching, Axel became left his job to use his J.D and to become a Civil Rights Lawyer with the NAACP. He helped win cases on matters of housing, income and the loss of property in the fire. Axel believed that the work that he was doing was what the community needed, and then, later on, announced his bid for the congressional seat of New York's 15th in 1982. Since his election, Axel has been a steady voice against apartheid, believes that the Iran-Contra needs to be investigated thoroughly and believes that we must protect the civil liberties of every American.
  5. Mr.Speaker, I offer the following amendment Section 3 shall be renumbered to Section 4. Section 4: Center for Disease Control (1) The center Disease control is authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000,000 for the fiscal years 1987-1990 and as such sums as necessary in the fiscal year 1990. (2) The Secretary maybe grants for to the states for the purposes of disease prevention and control
  6. Mr.Speaker, I second the amendment. I Yield
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    Mr.Speaker, I request for the following bills to be docketed AIDS Prevention and Information Act of 1987 Fighting Childhood Poverty Act
  8. Mr.King(For himself and for others, with special thanks to Ms.Delauro) introduces to the House of Representatives A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit to grandparents who provide primary child care services without compensation for their grandchildren who are not their dependents. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Grandchild Tax Relief Act''. SEC. 2. REFUNDABLE CREDIT TO GRANDPARENTS PROVIDING PRIMARY CHILD CARE FOR GRANDCHILDREN NOT THEIR DEPENDENTS. (a) In General.--Subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to refundable credits) is amended by redesignating section 35 as section 36 and by inserting after section 34 the following new section: ``SEC. 35. GRANDPARENTS PROVIDING PRIMARY CHILD CARE FOR GRANDCHILDREN WHO ARE NOT THEIR DEPENDENTS. ``(a) In General.--In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to $1000 with respect to each qualifying grandchild for whom the taxpayer or the spouse of the taxpayer provides, without compensation, primary child care services during the taxable year. ``(b) Qualifying Grandchild.--For purposes of this section, the term `qualifying grandchild' means any individual-- ``(1) with respect to whom the taxpayer is not allowed a deduction under section 151 with respect to such individual for the taxable year, ``(2) who has not attained the age of 18 as of the close of the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins, and ``(3) who is a descendent of a son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter of the taxpayer or is a foster child of such a descendent, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter. For purposes of paragraph (3), the term `foster child' means a child who is placed by an authorized placement agency. ``(c) Primary Child Care Services.--For purposes of this section, an individual provides primary child care services for a taxable year if the individual provides such services for not less than 30 hours per week for 48 weeks of the taxable year. ``(d) Special Rules.--For purposes of this section-- ``(1) Deceased spouse or former spouse.--In the case of a taxpayer whose spouse is deceased or is a former spouse of the taxpayer, subsection (b)(3) shall be applied by substituting `or deceased or former spouse of the taxpayer' after `taxpayer' each place it occurs. ``(2) Identification requirement.--No credit shall be allowed under this section to a taxpayer with respect to any qualifying grandchild unless the taxpayer includes the name and taxpayer identification number of such qualifying grandchild on the return of tax for the taxable year. ``(3) Taxable year must be full taxable year.--Except in the case of a taxable year closed by reason of the death of the taxpayer, no credit shall be allowable under this section in the case of a taxable year covering a period of less than 12 months.''. (b) Conforming Amendments.-- (1) Paragraph (2) of section 1324(b) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting before the period ``, or from section 35 of such Code''. (2) The table of sections for subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking the last item and inserting the following new items: ``Sec. 35. Grandparents providing primary child care for grandchildren who are not their dependents. ``Sec. 36. Overpayments of tax.''. (c) Effective Date.-- (1) In general.--The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning with or after the taxable year with respect to which the conditions specified in paragraph (2) are satisfied. (2) Trigger mechanism.--The conditions specified in this paragraph are the following: (A) The credit under section 21 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to expenses for household and dependent care services necessary for gainful employment)-- (i) is refundable, (ii) is available at a maximum level to those with an adjusted gross income limit of not less than $20,000 per year, indexed for inflation, (iii) is available at a minimal level to those with an adjusted gross income of not less than $40,000 per year, indexed for inflation, and (iv) is available to parents of infants ages 0-12 months without regard to out-of- pocket child care expenses of the parents. (B) The maximum amount of employment-related expenses that can be taken into account under section 21 of such Code is indexed for inflation. (C) The applicable percentage of expenses that are allowed under section 21 of such Code is increased to not less than 50 percent.
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