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Butz Appointment / Senate #454838

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 17, 1971
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(Studio) Earl L. Butz, not Elmer as reported earlier, testifies before Senator Agriculture Committee with regard to agriculture secretary nomination.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Democrat opponents attack him as enemy of small farmers. Butz endorses federal subsidies and defends family farms. [BUTZ - refers to self as progressive agriculture advocate; sees agriculture as proud profession; believes family farm should be able to grow and adjust.] [Senator Fred R. HARRIS - says Butz is agent of agro-bus. corps. driving small farmers off land; notes Butz served on board of dirs. of Ralston Purina Company, International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Stokely-Van Camp, Incorporated; also served on board of J. I. Case, farm machinery company, until company acquired by Tenneco; cites Butz salaries by all companies listed; observes his record doesn't show situation will change when he becomes agriculture secretary] Butz said he repd. agriculture for 3 companies not big business No. of critics will vote against him.

Chancellor, John;
Duke, Paul

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