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Cong. Reform / Patronage #44014

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 22, 1976
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(Studio) House Democratic leaders approve reform program to strip House Admin. Committee of much of its power, give most of power to Speaker and require stricter oversight of expenditures by Congmen.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Reform plan would cause Congmen. to give stricter accounting of each dollar. [Representative David OBEY - notes advantages of proposal.] [Representative Millicent FENWICK - says reform plan failed last year public is aroused now.] Plan's details noted.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

(Studio) House Democrat caucus to vote Wednesday on reform plan. Some critical of Speaker House recing. more power.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Public outrage forced end to spoils system in pols. at turn of century. There are 10,000 congress workers in House and 6000 in Senate Most receive jobs through patronage. Nepotism flourishes in Congress [Representative Richard BOLLING - says doesn't think there'll ever be Congress Civil Service.] [Representative John RHODES - says necessary to devise method to determine if congress workers qualified.] Public clamor may result in study commission to investigate congress employees and patronage.
REPORTER: Bob Clark

Reporter(s):
Clark, Bob;
Farmer, Don;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:05:10

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