CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Abraham Ribicoff suggests Carter administration withdraw energy plan from Congress and begin again, since Senator has so much trouble with it. Comment comes as Senator Finance Committee considers tax part of plan; badly split, committee recesses without action. Energy Secretary Schlesinger attends mtg. of International Energy Agency, in Paris, and tells group he believes most of admin. plan will be accepted by Senator, but if not, rejected parts will be sent back next year Schlesinger endorses Agency's proposal for member ntns. to cut imported oil to 26 million barrels per day by 1985. Limited fed. aid is on way to Crystal City, Texas, which had natural gas supply cut off for refusing to pay bill.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Crystal City, Texas) Report on situation of residents in city since natural gas cut off. Linda Connally can't even afford to by hot plate. [CONNALLY - says family has eaten only sandwiches and some canned food in last month or so.] Officials from Federal Community Services Admin. have told city leaders that some funds will be sent from government to be used for gas substitutes. [Carrizo Springs, Texas, Mayor Don URBAN (sic) - notes agency is intd. in getting help to city immediately.] City had turned to Senator Edward Kennedy at 1st of crisis; he had talked of getting money applied to gas bill, but nearby cities, also in crunch of price hikes of natural gas, raised fuss. [Unidentified MAN (sic) - notes people in his town have been told to pay bills; suggestion of government paying Crystal City's bill made him mad.] Federal officials admit they must be careful, or all cities in such situation will make aid claims. [Crystal City Mayor Francisco BENAVIDES - notes there are no other cases like own city's.] Govt. money doesn't really solve problem.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg
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