President Carter, said by aides to be considering "several" vetoes of bills passed in the last days of the 95th Congress, yesterday an $11.6 billion appropriations measure for the Interior Department and related federal agencies.
Carter' s approval means that thousands of Interior employes will begin receiving full paychecks later this week. They had been receiving only half pay because of the delay in signing the measure, sent to the White House Oct. 10.
The president yesterday also signed legislation providing $85 million for Interior Department water research during the next two fiscal years and $55 million appropriations through fiscal 1982 for community colleges located on Indian reservations.
Meanwhile, in a briefing for reporters, three of Carter's top advisers - national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, domestic policy adviser Stuart Eizenstat and congressional relations chief Frank Moore - said there are "several" bills among the about 200 measures awaiting White House review that may be vetoed.
They confirmed that a measure to establish a new meat import quota system is among the likely veto targets, but declined to discuss other bills the president may reject.
However, it is known that a measure Carter will almost certainly veto would forbid the granting of new tariff concessions on textiles at the international trade talks in Geneva.
Other White House officials have said that these may be the only important measures the president will veto and that he is expected to sign the $18.7 billion tax-cut measure that was enacted Sunday, the last day of the legislative session. Moore and Eizenstat refused to speculate on the fate of the bill.
The three officials also refused to say what steps the White House is considering to get around Congress failure to extend Carter's authority to waive requirements that he raise tariff barriers against foreign goods flooding the country. The waiver authority expires in early January, before the new Congress could consider the issue, possibly forcing the president to act against his avowed policy of encouragin free trade.
Eizenstate, Moore and Brezezinski listed as the "major disappointments" of the 95th Congress the failure to enact "reform bills dealing with labor law, the welfare system and the tax, code, hospital cost-containment legislation, the consumer protection bill, creation of a Department of Education and the supplemental fiscal assistance measure.
They said it is too soon to say which of these measures will be reintroduced and pushed as high-priority goals next year.