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Senate / Packwood-Byrd Incident #319952

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 24, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator filibuster with regard to campaign financial laws reported becoming feud when parliamentary arrest tactic used; details given. Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) [At midnight, Senator Robert BYRD - moves that absent Senators be arrested and brought to chamber.] Republican Senators noted avoiding discussion of campaign reform bill by not going to Senator chambers. Senator mentioned being forced to adjourn if not enough Senators attend. [Senator Dale BUMPERS - says Senators will run when they see sergeant at Arms.] Cleaning lady reported telling sergeant at Arms that SenatorRobert Packwood in office [PACKWOOD - indicates how men came through door and hurt hand.] [Senator Arlen SPECTER - describes need to use forceful entry into Senator's office] Republicans noted vowing to continue filibuster while Democrats declare will try to limit campaign spending. [Senator David BOREN - says won't give up.] Filibuster compared to one shown in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington".

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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