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NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 1975
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(Studio) It's beginning to look like Congress won't vote more military aid for Cambodia. Senate Democrats and House Foreign Affairs Committee vote against aid.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) [Acting Secretary of State Robert INGERSOLL - doesn't think Cambodia has chance for survival if For. Affairs Committee resolution tacks on aid cutoff provision.] [Representative Don. FRASER - explains reasons for voting against further aid.] [Representative Pierre dupONT - says resolution with aid cutoff provision can be adopted or committee can report administration's request for aid unfavorably to House] [INGERSOLL - suggests committee 's resolution be amended to exclude cutoff.] Committee votes down every proposal for aid before it. [Representative Thomas MORGAN - believes aid issue now dead.] Senate Democratic caucus votes against any more arms for Cambodia.
REPORTER: Ray Scherer

(Studio) Democrats in Senate vote 34-6 against President' request for aid over next 3 mos. for South Vietnam. Democrats in House voted in similar way. White House reaction follows.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) President disappointed by day's votes but hopes some compromise can be worked out. President talked with retired General William Westmoreland, former commander of American forces in South Vietnam. Westmoreland blames Indochina's problems on Hanoi. [WESTMORELAND - believes North Vietnam understands language of force only. Supports mining of Haiphong harbor and bombing of North Vietnam supply lines.] White House officials say President has no intention of reactivating bombing or mining. For 1st time, White House spns. say they know who leaders of Cambodian rebels are.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Scherer, Ray
Duration:
00:04:40

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