From: John Bisney/CNN Radio Congressional Correspondent
Subject: Senators Still Trying To Pressure Helms
A majority of members on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has sent another letter to Chairman Jesse Helms asking him to reconsider his refusal to hold hearings on the nomination of William Weld as ambassador to Mexico.
Helms says he'll control the agenda at a meeting on Friday morning, and will have the Senate parliamentarian attend to back him up. But the letter sent Wednesday from all committee Democrats and two Republicans argues the rules of the committee provide that such issues should be handled more informally.
The panel's second-ranking Republican, Indiana's Dick Lugar, says Helms is wrong to rely on formal parliamentary procedure, and instead should take the feelings of all members into consideration.
Lugar, who has led the fight to get Weld a hearing, argues the committee's rules "are pretty firmly on the side of courtesy, comity, fairness."
Still, Lugar admits he is not certain what will happen during or after Friday's meeting, which is not an official hearing.
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