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Energy Plan / Senate Debate / Natural Gas Deregulation Filibuster #254363

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Senators James Abourezk and Howard Metzenbaum filibuster against deregulation of natural gas prices by offering amendments to bill. Filibuster began Tuesday; continued through Tuesday night. Comment of Senator Robert Dole noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on filibuster; Senators on both sides indicate there's talk of compromise. [Senator Dale BUMPERS - doubts public thinks Senator proves anything by action.] [Senator Ted STEVENS - thinks it's ruining Senator image.] Abourezk and Metzenbaum say they haven't votes now to defeat deregulation measure. [METZENBAUM - hopes it won't become contest of physical strength.] [ABOUREZK - is physically strong, but little weary mentally.] Majority leader Robert Byrd uses backroom approach to get compromise; sources say opposing sides have begun negotiation. Senator not likely to settle issue tonight, but members probably will get home.
REPORTER: Nelson Benton Artist: Aggie Whelan

(Studio) Correction of earlier statement; Abourezk is from SD, not North Dakota.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Benton, Nelson;
Cronkite, Walter

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