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97th Cong. #273645

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 05, 1981
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(Studio) Opening of 97th Congress today reported; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) [Senators Howard BAKER and Robert BYRD - announce opening of 97th Congress to President Carter.] Vice President Walter Mondale noted presiding over swearing-in ceremonies; number of Democrats and Republicans in Senate cited. Resolution calling for live television coverage of Senator said introduced by Baker. [BAKER - comments.] Promotional efforts by Secretary State-designate Alexander Haig in light of controversy surrounding his confirmation hearings due to participation in Watergate White House reported [Senator Richard LUGAR - comments.] Hopes by Senator Republicans to complete confirmation hearings for Reagan's cabinet outlined.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(DC) Opening House session examined; House television tape shown. [Speaker Thomas O'NEILL - addresses House] [Representative Robert MICHEL - addresses House] Representative Raymond Lederer, sworn in with other new Representatives noted leaving for his Abscam trial in New York City after ceremony. [Rep West Henson MOORE, Uniden. REP. - debate committee mbrship.] Implications of token skirmishes on opening day noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Reporter(s):
Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan
Duration:
00:04:20

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