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Cong. Raise / Extra Benefits: Dirksen #202396

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 04, 1969
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(Studio) Senator endorses Congress raise from $30,000 to $42,500; effective February 14.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator debates 3 hrs. on raise; Senator Williams lost motion to kill increase 47-34. 12 of 14 freshmen voted for raise. [Senator John WILLIAMS - observes need to borrow money to pay for raises.] Senator Everett Dirksen says Senators have to eat although he can eat beans and bacon to get by. Congress benefits run $400,000 year for big state Senators [DIRKSEN - thinks figures are fantastic. Would go broke if didn't get postage free. Dirksen defends extras that come with job, doesn't think he's living off fat of land.] Majority leader Mike Mansfield says some senators will vote against raise, but be delighted if it passes.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd, Bob Gregory

Gregory, Bob;
Mudd, Roger;
Cronkite, Walter

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