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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 04, 1977
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(Studio) Republicans provide surprise for opening of 95th Congress Democrats pick West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd as majority leader as expected; Republicans pick Senator Howard Baker over Senator Robert Griffin.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Senator Hubert Humphrey called Byrd early in day to withdraw from Democratic leadership race and support Byrd; in return, Democrats in Senate move to make Humphrey caucus chairperson Humphrey says own health and Byrd's hard work defeated him. [HUMPHREY - says he's had good life and plans to have more and will be good Senator] Byrd has been Senate whip for last 6 years [BYRD - says he'll cooperate with president, but won't forget duty to represent Senate.] In Republican meeting, Baker, who rose to prominence in Watergate hearings and with open desire for president, pulls upset over Michigan Senator Robert Griffin, for minority leader [BAKER - says GOPs will cooperate with president, but must represent opportunity for people to disagree or agree with president] Senate reaction to Humphrey noted, especially Senator Barry Goldwater's embrace. Effect of Carter presidency on Senate elections noted.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Atmosphere at Congress convening noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Report on opening meetings of House and Senate; Democratic and Republican numbers noted. New House speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill sets tone for new Congress [O'NEILL - says public confidence in Congress must be bolstered by adoption of tough code of ethics; says Congress must forget frustrations of past and look to potential of future.] Issues facing Congress cited.
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin Artist: John D. Hart

Jones, Phil;
McLaughlin, Marya;
Mudd, Roger

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