Not a Black and White Issue

Congress is caught in the tide for South African sanctions

Despite the Administration's steadfast opposition, the vote was not even close. With 56 Republicans joining virtually all of the Democrats, the House last week passed, 295 to 127, a bill to impose economic sanctions on South Africa. It would ban new American loans and investment there, halt computer sales to the government and end the importation of Krugerrands unless South Africa begins to take explicit measures to reform its apartheid system. The day before, the Republican-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee had voted 16 to 1 to approve a similar, though less harsh, proposal.

Last week's votes highlighted the increasing opposition to...

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