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THE SNIT HITS THE FAN

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE CALLS BY PAT SCHROEDER FOR INVESTIGATIONS? NOT A WHOLE LOT.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION The Outrage
In July 1995 the Rocky Mountain News published a story exposing FAA employees who took advantage of a government moving allowance for their residences when their jobs moved from Stapleton to DIA. Pat demanded an investigation.

The Snit
"Due to the serious nature of this situation, I ask that you immediately review the available information," Pat wrote to Henry Solano, the U.S. Attorney in Denver.

The Result
"I don't know why she did it," says Barry Krasner, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Air Traffic Controllers Association. "To me it was just a reiteration [of an earlier investigation into the same thing by the Federal Aviation Administration]. Who knows why politicians do what they do?"

"In the first place," says U.S. Attorney Solano, "we do not confirm or deny any investigations. Secondly, we don't do any investigations." He says his office prosecutes based on evidence gathered by law enforcement agencies.

BARNES BUSINESS COLLEGE The Outrage
In early August 1995 Barnes Business College filed for bankruptcy after 91 years in business, leaving students out in the cold. Pat demanded an investigation.

The Snit
"There are a lot of unanswered questions," Pat's spokeswoman said.
The Result

"God knows" when the investigation will be done, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education says. "These things take on a shelf life of their own."

NEWT GINGRICH The Outrage
In January 1995, Jones Intercable, a Denver company with business before Congress, announced it would broadcast Newt Gingrich's history course for free on cable television. Pat demanded an investigation.

The Snit
"It just doesn't meet the straight-face test," Pat said.
The Result

"The House Ethics Committee is required to look at any phony charge that's put before it," a Gingrich spokesman responded at the time. "I expect any responsible agency would dismiss the matter."

On December 6 the House Ethics Committee dismisses the matter.
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Outrage
During a snowstorm this past October, DIA displayed difficulty handling its air traffic. Also, it snowed inside the airport's control tower. Pat demanded an investigation.

The Snit
"The snow had to be literally vacuumed off the [control tower's] equipment," she wrote to the FAA.

The Result
After a probe, the FAA discovers some caulk missing from the tower roof.
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION The Outrage

On November 16, 1995, Pat sent a letter to Arthur Levitt, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing him of publicly expressing bias in an SEC investigation into DIA bond sales.

The Snit
If Levitt believes Denver already guilty, "then clearly the process is not only wrong but tainted," Pat wrote.

The Result
The SEC's general counsel sends a return letter to Pat on November 28, explaining how the SEC works.

"I appreciate the refresher course on how the SEC works," Pat replies.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE The Outrage
In November 1995 the Rocky Mountain News reported that the Department of Defense had concluded the now-defunct airline MarkAir was dangerous and that it wouldn't allow military personnel to use the airline. Meanwhile, MarkAir had continued to fly commercial passengers. Pat demanded an investigation.

The Snit
"If there are planes you don't want your personnel to fly on, then there are planes I don't want my constituents to fly on," Pat wrote.

The Result
"We haven't heard from the Department of Defense yet," a Schroeder spokesman says.

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