CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 29, 1982
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(Studio) House noted approving Shipping Act of 1982, freeing Merchant Marine from antitrust laws and allowing it to establish cartel; pros and cons of legislature outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Studio) Commentary concerns Shipping Act and shipping industry's lobbying efforts. [House CLERK - reads title of bill.] [Representative Walter JONES - calls for bill's passage and suspension of rules.] [Representative Don. EDWARDS - notes absence of most Representatives during bill's debate.] [Representative James SENSENBRENNER - criticizes slight-of-hand method by which legislature was passed.] Committee chairperson Peter Rodino said ignorant as to bill's contents. [RODINO - admits his mistaken impression of bill.] [SENSENBRENNER - claims bill that was passed was not that voted out of either the judiciary committee or the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee] [EDWARDS - comments on addition to and eliminations from bill.] [SENSENBRENNER - claims bill was put together by staff that had been subjected to lobbying coalition that supported the legislature] Coalition members listed on screen. [EDWARDS - considers it a "sweetheart deal."] Amt. contributed to Representatives by PACs interested in this legislature listed on screen with contributor's name. [EDWARDS - notes immensity of PAC involvement.] [House CLERK - suspends rules, passes bill.] General Accounting Office assessment of shipping industry's current status quoted; benefits to foreign shipping companies as well as United States ints. if shipping industry is exempt from antitrust laws explained.
REPORTER: Bill Moyers