CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 01, 1972
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(Studio) Wilbur Mills of Arkansas has never been abroad. H.R. Gross of Iowa hasn't either. But for most in Congress, overseas trips common.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Andrews AFB) Trip begins here for Senators McIntyre, New Hampshire, Schweiker, Pennsylvania, Tunney, California, and Cooper, Kentucky. Wives come too, because, says Senator Sparkman, Alabama, of protocol. But trip supposed to be for business. (Audio blackout.)
REPORTER: John Meyer
(London, England) Senators land to attend briefing at United States embassy, meet with British legislators and rest before NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting in Bonn, West Germany. Party stays at plush Churchill Hotel. Statistics of cost given. Of 72 hrs. spent in London, only 5 occupied with official business. [Senator John SPARKMAN - says trip important.] Another anonymous member of delegation says trip only 1/2 for business. United States embassy spokesperson says trip not for business, but rather for Christmas shopping.
REPORTER: John Laurence
(Bonn, West Germany) NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting unofficial. At least 9 Senators and 2 Representatives skipped most mtgs. Delegation include 31 wives, 24 staff members (incl. 8 mil. escorts). 89 member total for delegation. [Representative Wayne HAYS - says will visit Rome, Italy, and London, England, on business after leaving Bonn.]
REPORTER: John Sheahan
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