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Carter / Budget / B-1 Bomber #250538

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 21, 1977
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(Studio) Congress to receive Carter revisions of Ford budget on Tuesday
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) OMB director Bert Lance lunches with House Democratic leaders to explain proposed revisions. [House Budget Committee chairperson Robert GIAIMO - cites changes in budget.] Both Giaimo and House speaker Tip O'Neill reserved in comments with regard to changes. [GIAIMO - says there will certainly be changes made in budget in Congress] [O'NEILL - says Congress will do what it can to keep within range of Carter figs.] Other details with regard to budget noted.
REPORTER: George Herman

(Studio) 1 of most controversial decisions has been on B-1 bomber.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(San Diego, California) [Rockwell International film shown.) Air Force advertising re: bomber cited, with details with regard to how it works. United States strategic weapons bases noted. Air Force says B-52's now used as bombers will be too old by 1990's. Congress critics question B-1 as well as triad weapons base. [Representative Morris UDALL - says Moses didn't write United States must have several ways to carry nuclear missiles.] [Rockwell International Vice President Dale MYERS - cites reasons to have B-1.] (Department of Defense film shown.) Opponents also say B-1 has promised more than it can deliver. [Senator George McGOVERN - says B-1 is to basic bomber production what Rolls Royce is to basic transportation.] General Accounting Office study of bomber noted. Some say B-1 might have to be strengthened later, as C-5 transport had to have wings strengthened, but proponents say it will hold up. [MYERS - says no plane goes into production completely tested.] Econ. reasons for production of bomber versus those against it noted. Bomber opponents say cruise missile can do same as bomber for less cost and without man aboard.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Herman, George;
Mudd, Roger;
Pappas, Ike

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