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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 03, 1977
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(Studio) Cmtes. in Senate and House work on higher ethical standards and more financial disclosure for selves; 2 polls revealed today show wide support for such moves.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on polls within Congress and by Louis Harris with regard to congress reform; details of public poll noted, include financial disclosure and honoraria for speeches. [HARRIS - cites public's feelings with regard to honoraria.] Harris says public willing to pay for office and official travel, now often financed by outside income or slush funds. [HARRIS - says people don't object to paying more to get Congmen. home to explain congress workings.] Commission hopes to report recommended new ethics code to House late next week
REPORTER: Neil Strawser

(Studio) Reform efforts since 1960's noted; this 1 seems more promising.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Former Representative Wayne Hays is 1 of reasons for reform move. [NV Senator Howard CANNON - says more financial disclosure needed.] [WI Representative David OBEY - says disclosure is minimum public expects from Congress] [Mississippi Senator John STENNIS - says some disclosure all right, but not total.] [Rhode Island Senator John CHAFEE - says if man owns 1/2 bank, he shouldn't be on Banking Committee] [SC Senator Strom THURMOND - says it's wrong for man to use position to enrich self.] Senator has talked of ethics since Bobby Baker affair in 1963; Ethics Committee set up in 1964, adopted rules in 1968, but other than censure case of late Senator Thomas Dodd, has done nothing in public. In House, Ethics Committee produced by Adam Clayton Powell affair, but no action taken till reprimand of Florida Representative Robert Sikes last year Proposed ethics code noted. [North Carolina Representative Richardson PREYER - says he believes House really wants ethics reform without being pressured into it.] [Common Cause lobbyist Fred WERTHEIMER - says package is tough and passable because of people who put it together.] Senator doesn't seem to share enthusiasm of House [STENNIS - cites objections to strict rules.] Move to reform comes from public pressure and voter retaliation.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Cronkite, Walter;
Mudd, Roger;
Strawser, Neil

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