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(Studio) House Ways and Means Committee passes own version of gas guzzler energy tax, proposed by President; details noted. Move to smaller cars is already apparent at Capitol.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Big limos. are going out on Capitol Hill, but those taking their place get no better gas mile Reporter asks chauffeur Jack Thomas, who drives Senate majority leader Robert Byrd, what he thinks of new car. [BYRD - asks to answer question. Says smaller cars symbolic and do representative some savings; shows leadership doing its part in energy crisis. Likes to drive car himself.] Asked why not be symbolic enough to go to compact model, House speaker Tip O'Neill replies with question. [O'NEILL - asks if he'd fit in compact.] There doesn't seem to be effort to promote car pooling among congress aides, but for Congmen., it's competition with White House However,
- Cronkite, Walter
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