A resolution giving the president authority to implement an agreement restricting automobile and truck imports from Japan is among bills delayed while the Senate debated more pressing matters.
The House-passed measure was in line yesterday behind a filibuster on a fair housing bill, federal revenue-sharing legislation, a measure to continue funding for most government agencies and other bills.
An aide to Sen. Donald W. Riegle (D-Mich.) said the senator will attempt to attach the controversial resolution to another bill that has a prospect of passage. Outgoing Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III (D-Ill.) has vowed to block passage of the auto imports resolution, however.
The Senate finance Committee passed the measure by an 11-2 vote on Thursday but added an amendment saying auto and truck parts also could be restricted. If the Senate eventually passes the measure with the amendment, it then will have to go back to the House for approval.
The legislation would give the president the power for three years to negotiate and implement an agreement to restrict imported vehicles. But the industry first would have to seek relief from the International Trade Commission.
The issue over the legislation arose after the ITC refused to grant import relief to Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers, who had asked for restrictions on the sale here of foreign cars and light trucks, particularly those from Japan.