Senate Committee Gets Yiddish Voa Resolution

A resolution urging the Voice of America to beam Yiddish broadcasts to the Soviet Union was introduced on the senate floor and referred to the Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. But its fate seems in doubt. The resolution was sponsored by Sens. John V. Tunney. California Democrat and Clifford Case, Republican of New Jersey, with 22 co-sponsors. Senate vote counters do not expect it to be reported out of committee “because it does not have the force of law” and committee chairman J. William Fulbright “does not like resolutions for that reason.” It is also opposed by the Administration. A spokesman for Sen. Case said, however, that the resolution which simply expresses the sense of the Senate, would have “the desired effect” even if it is not passed because of the large number of Senators who co-sponsored it.

Sen. Edward Brooke, Massachusetts Republican, said today that his decision whether or not to sponsor the Tunney-Case resolution depended on the response he gets from the VOA to questions he submitted at recent hearings on VOA appropriations. Sen. Case’s office said yesterday that he did not think Yiddish broadcasts would require additional appropriations for the VOA.

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