NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1972
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(Studio) Nixon administration admits it is abandoning efforts to get Congress passage of tougher antistrike legislation. Comes at time when administration is picking up support in labor movement
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) For more than 2 years, President Nixon has asked Congress for a law to settle paralyzing transportation strikes. Democrats and labor have been opposed. Senator Robert Packwood worked hard for bill's passage. On verge of success, White House backs away. Soon, incidentally, after Teamster's union endorsed Nixon. [Packwood - says he was assured of a majority of Senator votes. Clark MacGregor was working on even more support. Says Labor Department Under Secretary Larry Silberman told him Monday it was no longer timely or appropriate to go ahead with bill. Doesn't know if administration deal was made with Teamsters' union or not.]
REPORTER: Paul Duke