ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 02, 1977
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(Studio) Talk of code of ethics in Congress usually comes in wake of scandal like Watergate. Today House debates restrictions of outside income and new ethics code.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) House actions against Adam Clayton Powell and Thomas Dodd, in 1967, and Wayne Hays, for Elizabeth Ray scandal in 1976, noted. Democrats and Republicans split on issue, but not always on party lines. Comments noted of Representatives Richard Bolling of Missouri, Otis Pike of New York, James Quillen of Tennessee, Joe Waggonner of Louisiana and David Obey of WI. Coals of code are to abolish "slush funds," require financial disclosure, cut back gifts and free postage and limit outside income. Extra income, from speeches, made by Representative John Anderson in 1976 noted. [ANDERSON - says he's willing to make sacrifice to show people Congress here to serve them, not own personal interests.] Code will be most far-reaching cleanup in history. Comment of House majority leader Jim Wright noted.
REPORTER: Don Farmer Artist: Freda Reiter