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(Studio) House Democrats vote today to remove Florida Representative Robert Sikes as chairperson of subcommittee on military construction; Sikes received reprimand last year with regard to misuse of influence in position.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [SIKES - comments on vote; cites reasons he believes he lost and says he'll soon name those responsible.] Democrats voting against Sikes see vote today as step closer to tighter House ethics. [Missouri Representative Richard BOLLING - says Democrats have accepted responsibility to set responsible persons in important positions.] [MT Representative Max BAUCUS - says many concerned re: congress image and Sikes removal is symbol.] [New Jersey Representative Andrew MAGUIRE - says these kinds of actions can't and won't be tolerated.] House speaker Tip O'Neill, supporter of Sikes, denies this is defeat for new House leaders, says reform would come anyway, and now he's speaker, gates of mercy closed.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Jones, Phil
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