An Associated Press roll-call list yesterday incorrectly reported that three House members voted in favor of President Reagan's request to release $14 million in aid for Nicaraguan rebels. The three -- Reps. Virginia Smith (R-Neb.), Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) and James M. Jeffords (R-Vt.) -- voted against the request.
Republicans, after keeping the House in session all night Monday with a series of speeches protesting the "stealing" of the congressional election in Indiana's 8th District, yesterday walked out of the House Administration Committee as it voted to recommend seating Democrat Frank McCloskey.
The symbolic protest capped a two-hour debate over procedures used in the Indiana recount. But as the GOP leadership vowed to step up its protests, House Majority Leader James C. Wright Jr. (D-Tex.) accused Republicans of whipping themselves into "a synthetic frenzy" over the Indiana result.
Democratic and Republican leaders met for nearly 90 minutes yesterday to discuss differences but emerged as divided as when they began talking about the vote recount in favor of the incumbent.
"The sense of frustration is very much alive," said Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.). "Something has to be done to carry this to the next level."
Wright scoffed at Republican charges that Democrats had "stolen" the Indiana seat and said Democrats would not bow to GOP threats of disruption.
"This is a deliberate and premeditated attempt from the beginning" to whip "themselves into a synthetic frenzy," Wright said. "I think they're being very unreasonable, and I decry the degeneration of the atmosphere of public civility."
Asked how the Democrats would respond to Republican warnings that they will try to disrupt the House, he replied: "Does one give in to that? Does one reward that sort of irresponsible behavior? Does one succumb to threats?"
Republican leaders met for almost two hours late last night trying to formulate proposals to put before colleagues at a caucus this morning. They also decided to open the normally closed caucus to attract publicity.
Their meeting was sandwiched around the House vote on aid to Nicaraguan rebels and went beyond midnight for the second consecutive evening. It was one of several extraordinary sessions that has tied up the GOP's top echelon for several days.
Republicans have been considering a variety of tactics to delay or confuse House procedures, from walkouts to nonparticipation in committee or subcommittee business to civil disobedience.
Democrats also scheduled a caucus for this morning to discuss the case and their strategy.
But from all indications, Democrats remained committed to seating McCloskey early next week.
McCloskey was declared the winner, by four votes, over Republican Richard D. McIntyre by a House task force that split 2 to 1 along party lines over whether to count certain absentee ballots.
Yesterday the House Administration Committee voted, 12 to 0, to accept the findings of the task force and recommend that the House seat McCloskey.
The unanimous vote occurred because Republicans walked out after a GOP motion urging the House to declare the seat vacant was defeated, 12 to 7, on a party-line vote.
If the seat were declared vacant, the House would have to ask Indiana officials to call a special election, as Republicans have urged.
During the jammed committee meeting, House Majority Whip Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) told the Republicans that his colleagues "would have seated Mr. McIntyre" if McIntyre had won by even a single vote. "Ask yourselves what would have been the result if, under these rules, Mr. McIntyre had won," he said. "Would you support a special election? I doubt it."
Rep. Dick Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Republicans told Democratic leaders at the meeting that "it looked to us like we've been stepped on."
Cheney said the sequence of events, going back to January when the Democratic-controlled House refused to seat McIntyre even though he had been certified the winner by Indiana election officials, indicated that the Democrats had no intention of giving up the seat.
Wright said the House task force had done its "dead-level best" to be fair in the recount. He accused House Republican leaders of giving in to the wishes of some "rather gifted agitators."
"I really feel sorry for [House Minority Leader] Bob Michel R-Ill. ," Wright said. "I have great respect for Bob Michel and Jack Kemp and others. I think they're decent, honorable people. They are caught up in an emotional maelstrom."
Republicans said their sense of outrage goes beyond the "agitators." The first clear sign of the depth of Republican anger came at the end of regular House business Monday. More than 60 Republicans participated in the all-night session on the Indiana election.
"Some of the more moderate members were the most outraged," Rep. Duncan L. Hunter (R-Calif.) said.