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Mansfield Amendment #216850

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 19, 1971
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(Studio) Senator to vote tonight on Mansfield amendment to cut United States troop strength in Europe 50%.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator defeats two compromise proposals concerning troop cuts; certain to defeat amendment tonight.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Studio) United States has maintained troops in Europe in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) alliance.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Brussels, Belgium) Mansfield amendment shakes up NATO. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) council US Ambassador Robert ELLSWORTH - says United States pull out would: subject allies to relentless USSR pressure; result in policy adjustments to Soviet goals.] 300,000 United States GIs in Europe; 2/3 in West Germany. Opponents of Mansfield amendment say: United States troop reductions would hurt negotiations with USSR ; would limit response to nuclear weapons if Europe attacked.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood

Collingwood, Charles;
Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger

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