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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) Despite vote in Senate on Monday to shut off filibuster on natural gas price controls, no end is in sight. 2 Senators have about 500 amendments, which they force Senator to consider separately, in attempt to get public opinion before vote on basic issue.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Majority leader Robert Byrd has told Senator that President shouldn't expect energy bill to come out intact and that they don't have to approve everything President sends to them. Senators James Abourezk and Howard Metzenbaum, lacking votes to defeat deregulation of natural gas prices bill introduced by Senators Lloyd Bentsen and James Pearson, use delaying tactics in parliamentary procedure to put off vote. Metzenbaum is asked to respond to Byrd's statement that delay is just for sake of delay. [METZENBAUM - says delay is for purpose of saving public money and jobs.] Senator John Tower says natural gas pricing legislature may not be passed this yr. [TOWER - notes it may mean that entire package won't be passed, gotten thru conference committee and conference reports acted upon before next year] Late in afternoon, Alourezk naps in preparation for tonight's debate; Byrd has said it may last all night.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton Artist: Aggie Whelan

(Studio) President Carter looks ahead to conference committee to repair damage done to energy bill by Senator; with help of House speaker O'Neill, new strategy is devised. Details noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter

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