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92nd Cong. #12545

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 21, 1971
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(Studio) 92nd Congress begins.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Senator Robert Byrd upsets Senator Edward Kennedy in Democrat caucus vote for Senator whip. [KENNEDY - don't deserve victories if don't know how to lose.] Byrd major includes critically ill Senator Richard Russell's proxy vote. [BYRD - decided to run if no change in condition of Senator Russell at time of vote; had Russell's proxy.] Vote indicates lack of confidence in Kennedy leadership ability; may doom President prospects.

(Studio) Senator Republican caucus elects Senator Hugh Scott as minority leader
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [House doorkeeper William "Fish Bait" MILLER - intros. House Speaker Representative Carl Albert.] [ALBERT - pledges to give House pre-eminent place among branches of government] Black Congmen. to boycott State of Union message. VP Agnew swears in Senate members Senator Mansfield charges incrd. air action over Cambodia violates spirit of Cooper-Church amendment.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Clark, Bob;
Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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