CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 23, 1981
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(Studio) Boondoggle and pork barrel pols. defined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) No. dams in United States noted; annual amount Congress spends on such water projects mentioned. Criticism of Tennessee's Tellico Dam project examined. [Dam opponent Frank FLY - considers Tellico project a disaster.] [Hank HILL - conts. criticism.] [Representative Marilyn BOUQUARD - argues for Tellico project.] Apparent lack of credibility in Bouquard's claim noted. [Tom LANDISS - describes Bouquard's house during flood.] [TVA spokesperson Larry RICHARDSON - discusses 1973 flood.] [HILL - calls Bouquard a liar.] Bouquard noted refusing interview to discuss her apparent false account of 1973 event. Snail darter's role in nearly preventing Tellico project recalled. Representative John Duncan noted pushing Tellico amendment through House; details given. [Representative Paul McCLOSKEY - recalls Duncan's technique in getting legislature passed.] [DUNCAN - denies deception.] Senator Howard Baker's support for Tellico project recalled. Similar criticism of Columbia dam, under construction in middle Tennessee, examined [FLY - considers Columbia example of pork barrel pols.] Representative Robin Beard mentioned. [Pearl GILLAM - resents eviction to make room for dam.] General situation summarized.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg