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Office of Economic Opportunity Program #471501

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 02, 1973
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(Studio) Census shows 24 1/2 million Americans in poverty in 1972. Down from year before but only for whites, not blacks. War on poverty begun 9 years ago.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [Film August, `64. President JOHNSON - says people ready to eradicate poverty from nation.] President Johnson signed Office of Economic Opportunity into existence in 1964. President Nixon wanted to kill Office of Economic Opportunity and appointed Howard Phillips to dismantle program as its director [PHILLIPS - says programs tend to become sacred and are refunded whether they're working or not. Office of Economic Opportunity not working.] Office of Economic Opportunity still in business. Courts say Office of Economic Opportunity may not be dismantled without Congress approval. Removed Phillips as director because never received Congress confirmation. New director Office of Economic Opportunity Alvin Arnett says will run Office of Economic Opportunity efficiently until Congress makes move. [Office of Economic Opportunity employee Peter Von CHRISTIERSON - says President taken on and professionals kept together who know how to work in poverty programs.] Congress to keep Office of Economic Opportunity alive till October Union of OEO workers initiated court tests.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Chancellor, John;
Nessen, Ron

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