CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 21, 1977
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(Studio) House moves to begin work on Carter energy program by setting up special committee to coordinate other cmtes.' work on plan. Action doesn't mean swift passage of package; remarks of Senator Robert Byrd noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Chairperson of special committee , Representative Thomas Ashley, says it will be at least 2 mos. before individual cmtes. begin hearings on package [ASHLEY - says Congress has burden of examining plan carefully.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - says it will be long process.] White House fact sheets show battle lines drawn. [Representative John RHODES - says plan is 1 of no growth and surrender.] Senator minority leader Howard Baker says Republicans will link plan to Republican effort for permanent tax cut. [BAKER - says Democrats should examine modest permanent tax cut along with energy taxes, before voting it down.] Carter has said he'll veto tax cut, but Republicans say he may have to change position, in view of energy plan.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(Studio) Carter says he believes plan will pass and House speaker Tip O'Neill says Carter must help.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Carter campaigns with regard to energy plan to student group in Rose Garden, where Gerald Ford campaigned last fall. [CARTER - tells students how they can help.] Details with regard to administration's campaign for support of energy program noted. Aide Mark Segal says cabinet members to make personal appearances, and top officials will be made available to television and radio shows, like Dinah Shore's show.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) Carter news conference on Friday to be broadcast.
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