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Congress / Pay Raise #325840

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 07, 1989
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(Studio: Dan Rather) House of Representatives reported voting to reject pay raise for themselves and high-ranking federal officials. Reports introd.

(DC: Bob Schieffer) Representative Jim Wright's leadership reported hurt by controversy. [Representatives Barbara BOXER, Dan ROSTENKOWSKI, Vic FAZIO - argue re: raise issue.] Some Representatives noted publicly asserting that they were against raise while hoping to receive it. [Representatives Robert SMITH, Thomas TAUKE, Jack FIELDS - comment on situation and damage to Wright's influence.] Congress quoted with regard to possible banning of honoraria.

(Los Angeles, California: Jerry Bowen) Americans' reaction to controversy featured. [PEOPLE - comment.] ["Michael Jackson Show" LISTENER - says Congress should not have raise.] People reported mailing tea bags with letters to their representatives in protest of raise issue. [Radio talk show host Mark WILLIAMS - comments on listeners' reaction to situation.] [PEOPLE - comment.] Honoraria reported expected to continue [Pol. scientist Sheldon KAMIENIECKI - comments on situation.] [MAN - says Congress is afraid of voters.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Repercussions of raise failure featured. [MAN - says government will lose best people.] Washington Redskins player Doug Williams noted making over million per year [Pay Raise Commission spokesperson William RATCHFORD - says National Insts. of Health officials needed raise most of all.] NIH officials noted earning far less than could be made in private industry [NIH spokesperson Dr. William RAUB - comments on loss of scientists due to salary.] [Attorney General Richard THORNBURGH - comments on loss of federal judges.] [Former federal judge Susan GETZENDANNER - says she left due to low salary.] Pay raise commission's recommendation that public servants be treated fairly noted.

Bowen, Jerry;
Rather, Dan;
Jones, Phil;
Schieffer, Bob

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