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State of Union Address / Congressional Reaction #236604

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 15, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford delivers state of union address before Congress
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Capitol Hill) President gives grim attestation to nation's economy problems. [PRES. - says state of union not good.] Mr. Ford outlines plans for 2 tax cuts. [FORD - says tax cut essential in turning economy around. Size of budget deficit to be incrd., unfortunately, with tax cut.] Reviews energy proposals. [PRES. - says aim of energy plans to increase energy production and reduce consumption.] Details of energy plans outlined. [Mr. FORD - calls for national unity in solving problems.] As Ford speaks, demonstration goes on outside White House to express public concern about econ. and commemorate Martin Luther King Junior's birthday.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) President' antirecession proposals to put money back in taxpayers' pockets; energy proposals to take much out.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Total cost for President' energy package for average family to increase 26 cents for every dollar; annual average fuel budget to rise from $950 to $1100. [Energy adviser Rogers MORTON - doesn't think gasoline price incr. to have noticeable impact for 60-90 days. If Congress passes measure, gasoline could increase 10-12 cents; heating oil 6-8 cents.] President' economy coordinator William Seidman says ripple effect of energy plan could amount to $25 billion more in consumer costs.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton

(Studio) Applause interrupts Mr. Ford's state of union address only 9 times as President delivers bleak message.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Capitol Hill) Many Democrats criticize much of President' speech. [Senator William PROXMIRE - believes Congress to pass tax rebate bill similar to President', but energy policies outlined by President unlikely to be accepted by Congress] [Representative Al ULLMAN - says Congress to innovate; won't take whole program as package.] [Senator Birch BAYH - thinks rest of President' program, outside tax plan, in deep trouble.] [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - criticizes Ford's commercialization or advertisement of state of union address on Monday night.]
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Marya;
Schieffer, Bob

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