The House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved, 24-7, a Senate - passed bill providing $30 million to initiate reforms in the U.S. Olympic movement through the reorganization of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Committee Chaimran Peter W. Rodino (D-N.J.) is now expected to ask Speaker of the House Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill (Mass.) to allow a House vote on suspending the rules.
If two-thirds of themembers of the House present and voting approve the procedure - a quicker way to get the bill to the floor because of the upcoming elections and lateness of the procedure - the bill's passage would be ensured.
The Committee was to vote on an amendment from Rep. Jim Santini (D-Nev.) to include an atheles' bill of rights in the legislation, but Santini withdrew the amendment.
The committee also rejected. 24-4 an amendment from Rep. Robert F. Drinan (D-Mass.) that would have barred any use of the money for competitions in countries that have a "consistent pattern of gross violations" of human rights. Drinan specifically mentioned U.S. participation in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
A similar amendment from Rep. Harry L. Volkmer (D-Mo.) that also would have barred U.S. participation in such countires was then withdrawn.