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Confirmation Hearings #248423

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 13, 1977
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(Studio) Senate committee approves Harold Brown as Defense Secretary Hearings continue re: Griffin Bell as Attorney General
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Chairperson of congress black caucus, Representative Parren Mitchell, says caucus opposes Bell; with regard to blacks testifying for Bell, says it's matter of survival. [MITCHELL - says such testimony probably backed by acceptance of apartheid thinking, as in some south African countries.] Black testifiers for Bell deny this. [Atlanta Negro Voters League spokesperson Warren COCHRANE - says Bell would understand problems like this in South better than anyone.] Former Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski endorses Bell; says he doesn't fear Watergate situation development because of Bell's friendship with Carter. [JAWORSKI - says he'd want Attorney General he knew to be trustworthy and not stranger, if he was President] Committee approval expected next week
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary-designate Joseph Califano tells committee he opposes abortion but will carry out laws with regard to it.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Califano's comments with regard to finances of Department of Health, Education and Welfare and abortion noted. [CALIFANO - says he wouldn't have gone to Plains for interview if he wasn't going to enforce law.] [OR Senator Robert PACKWOOD - asks about Califano's plan with regard to Planned Parenthood centers and other facilities and elimination of fed. funded abortions.] [CALIFANO - says such use of federal funds not appropriate.] Confirmation seems assured.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) In hearing with regard to Labor Secretary post, Ray Marshall says he wants more in Carter economy plan for jobs.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Marshall tells Senator Labor Committee he tried and failed to get more jobs program money. [MARSHALL - cites arguments used.] Marshall views on other issues noted; confirmation expected to be easy.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Plante, Bill;
Roth, Richard

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