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NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 11, 1968
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(Studio) Congress tries to adjourn.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) $71.8 billion defense bill was last appropriations bill passed by House and Senate failed to ratify nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Congress Democratic leaders exchange farewell gifts with President Senator Mike Mansfield, Representative Carl Albert and Speaker House John McCormack among those there. President says he might call Senator back after election to ratify nuclear treaty. [JOHNSON - says election pressures as much as office responsibilities. Hopes Senate will act with nation's interest in mind. Will consider special session for Senate.] [MANSFIELD - says doesn't want treaty to become political issue now. Would be difficult to get quorum. Best procedure is to delay it until first part of January. To delay it isn't to deny it.] House Democrats threaten to stall adjournment trying to force Senator to approve television President debates.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John

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