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(Studio) Senate leaders break filibuster against deregulation of natural gas prices; details noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Filibuster leader, Senator James Abourezk, says President and administration pulled rug from under filibusterers when Vice President Mondale took chair and ruled in favor of procedures to limit filibuster. Abourezk later tells reporters that administration lobbyists had cheered him on earlier. [ABOUREZK - notes history shows all govts. lie, but is shocked and never thought President Carter would lie.] [Senator Russell LONG - says Abourezk's floor remark re: Carter was uncalled for and Mondale took position he'd always had, that Senator ought to act.] Actions and remarks of Senator Robert Byrd, on floor of Senator, cited. Senator Energy Committee chairperson Henry Jackson is working on compromise bill he hopes will pass Senator, be sent to conference with House and then go to President
REPORTER: Nelson Benton
- Benton, Nelson;
- Cronkite, Walter
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