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Budget Battle / Government Shutdown / Politics #162778

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 03, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) The ongoing battle over the budget between President Clinton and Congress that has shut down the government featured. [CLINTON - calls the shutdown an unnatural disaster; lists agencies hampered by the shutdown.] The softening of the House Republicans' position explained. [Representative Susan MOLINARI, Christopher SHAYS - urge the president to pass a balanced budget.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Denver: Tom Foreman) The effect of the government shutdown featured; scenes shown of worker protests. [Federal EMPLOYEES - complain.] The unemployment insurance crisis and ways in which services have been slowed or stopped detailed; illustrative scenes shown. [Widow Rhonda MATHIAS - says she cannot get emergency funds.] [US Forest Service Stephanie GOMES - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: John Donvan) The invisible nature of the vast government shutdown to most Americans because a lot of the government's work is still getting done examined; examples cited to explain why the shutdown is seen as an inconvenience and not a crisis. [Brewster Ambulance Service owner Mike DeCOSTA - says service to the Veterans Administration hospitals will continue.]

Donvan, John;
Foreman, Tom;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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