Democratic Rep. Wayne Owens and his four Utah Republican counterparts in Congress definitely march to the beat of different drummers, according to new report cards from special-interest groups.
The liberal, environmentalist and pro-labor groups that give Owens glowing reviews essentially flunk the four Republicans - Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch and Reps. Jim Hansen and Howard Nielson.And the conservative, pro-business groups that gush about the wonderful voting records of the four Republicans in turn approve of Owens about as much as the Ayatollah Khomeini approves of the "Satanic Verses."
Every year, lobbying groups issue report cards of how Congress voted on what they felt were key issues. Results of how some of them viewed the Utahns in Congress during 1988 appear in accompanying boxes.
Americans for Democratic Action
Ranking: 0-100, 100 is liberal
Key issues: opposed funding for Nicaraguan Contras, supported banning nuclear tests and opposed anti-abortion elements in a District of Columbia funding bill.
Comparison: 25 House members got 0; 10 senators got 0; 22 House members got 100.
Senate average 48
House average 52
American Conservative Union
Ranking: 0-100, 100 is conservative
Key issues: supports giving military aid to Nicaraguan Contras, supports continued nuclear testing and opposes rehiring air traffic controllers fired in 1981.
Comparison: 35 House members got 100.
Senate average 43
House average 43
Ranking: 0-100, 100 is pro-union
Key issues: opposes employers using lie detector tests, supports rehiring air traffic controllers fired in 1981, and supports requireing 60 days notice prior to plant closings.
Senate average 62
House average 68
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ranking: 0-100, 100 is pro-business
Slant: pro business
Key issues: supports U.S.-Canada free trade bill and opposes requiring 60-day notification of plant closings.
Senate average 54
House average 57
League of Conservation Voters
Ranking: 0-100, 100 is pro-environment
Key issues: supports passage of the Clean Water Act and opposes provision to sell oil-shale land for as little as $2.50 an acre.
Senate average 47
House average 54