President Clinton is grappling with another broadside from Republicans over the conduct of White House staff, this time a Senate-approved demand for data on a top aide's drug tests.
Senators voted 98-0 Wednesday to require the president to reveal whether the official overseeing White House drug-testing is herself taking the examinations.The provision sparked sharp partisan exchanges when it was unveiled late Tuesday, with one Democrat calling it a personal attack "enough to make you regurgitate."
But the measure was approved after Democrats made minor changes to make the language acceptable to the White House.
House Republicans have forced votes on provisions that would force disclosure of information about the use of White House helicopters, the cost of the president's trip to Normandy and the size and salaries of the White House staff.
The provision was aimed at Patsy Thomasson, the White House administrator and a longtime friend of the Clintons. Thomasson was once a top aide to Dan Lasater, a successful Little Rock, Ark., investor who was convicted of federal drug charges.