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Washington, DC Voting Rights Amendment / Senate Vote #259269

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 22, 1978
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(Studio) Senator's upcoming vote on constitutional amendment to allow Washington, DC voting delegation in Congress noted. If made into law, it's reported this would give DC bigger representative in Congress than AK, DE, NV, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Lobbying for amendment by civil rights leaders of 1960's, like Mrs Martin Luther King, Junior, noted. Mrs. King's statements about work for disenfranchised begun in Selma, Alabama, given; leaders' denials that lobbying has to do with DC's largely black population stated. Vice President Walter Mondale's arrival to preside over vote, after stating thruout city that this is human rights priority of President Carter, reported Positions of Senator Edward Kennedy and proponents and Senator William Scott and opponents, over provisions in Constitution, cited. Senator Robert Byrd's predictions of close vote mentioned. Support of amendment by Senators Strom Thurmond, Howard Baker and Robert Dole reported.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Arthur Lien

(Studio) DC's formation from land ceded to federal government by Virginia and Maryland nearly 200 years ago and city residents' feelings about living there noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Details given about DC's residential makeup, economy and congress control of its budget. [DC congress delegate Walter FAUNTROY - describes feelings of being Washington, DC resident without rights to participate in federal government] Constitution's provisions for federal district as seat of federal government quoted. History of DC's government and residents' voting rights outlined. Race issue in voting rights campaign examined. White House, Congress and President mentioned.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Jones, Phil;
Mudd, Roger;
Tucker, Lem

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