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Economy: Budget, Defense Spending #125009

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 29, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Publication of President Bush's budget featured; targets of domestic cutbacks outlined on screen. [OMB director Richard DARMAN - says proposed cuts are reasonable.] Two initiatives to encourage private investment explained.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Congressional hearings on budget noted slated to begin tomorrow; details given of initial comments from Democrats, including Senator Jim Sasser.

(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) Pentagon's adjustment to changes in Eastern Europe featured; details given of Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney's deactivation of two army tank divisions. Defense spending figures outlined on screen; details given of areas in which cutbacks will occur. [CHENEY - fears our technological edge will erode.] Areas in which Cheney will request more funding listed. [Senator Sam NUNN - says we need to ask if we need these new weapons.] [Representative Les ASPIN - suggests we do research and development, but not buy weapons.] [Former joint chiefs of staff chairman Admiral William CROWE - says we have to take uncertain horizons into account.] Possibility that Congress may demand more rapid withdrawal of United States forces from Europe noted.

Hume, Brit;
Sawyer, Diane;
Zelnick, Bob

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