CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 1975
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(Studio) Congress apparently deals fatal blows for President Ford's request for more mil. aid to Cambodia.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Capitol Hill) [Dep. Secretary of State Robert INGERSOLL - says military victory for other side bound to occur if Congress doesn't approve additional military aid for Cambodia.] House For. Affairs Committee wants to approve less military aid than President requested along with military aid cutoff date; it's that or nothing. [Representative Don FRASER - explains reasons for voting against additional military aid.] [Representative Pierre dupONT - says Ingersoll has no other choices than to accept no aid or minimal aid with cut-off provision.] [INGERSOLL - suggests committee amend Hamilton, dupont resolution so it doesn't have a cutoff.] Senate Democratic caucus also votes to deny any further mil. aid to Indochina. [Senator James ABOUREZK - believes caucus vote points to likely outcome of full Senate vote.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker
(DC) President hasn't given up hope yet; rptdly., administration working on compromise proposal. These developments occur shortly after General William Westmoreland, former cmd. of United States forces in Vietnam, meets with President Ford. [WESTMORELAND - believes Hanoi only understands language of force. Believes President should be able to take action to use resources available to stabilize situation, incling. bombing of Haiphong harbor and North Vietnam supply lines.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) In Cambodia, gunners hit ammunition dump at Phnom Penh airport. US-financed food and ammunition airlifts halted for most of day. Defense Department reconsidering how much of an emergency exists in Cambodia.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Pentagon says Cambodian army not using as much ammunition as month ago. Pentagon revises time for ammo to run out in Cambodia. Defense Department seems to be devoting more attention now to fighting in South Vietnam. [Defense Secretary James SCHLESINGER - discusses South Vietnam situation on CBS "Morning News." Believes Communists planning to isolate many major cities with latest offensive.]
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
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