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House / South Vietnam Aid Bill Rejected #482619

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 01, 1975
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(Studio) House fails to approve South Vietnam humanitarian aid bill. President Ford's reaction sharp.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) Before vote, President writes house speaker Carl Albert requesting immediate action; reassures House he won't send forces back into South Vietnam, although bill would give him that power. [Representative John ANDERSON - says Capitol Hill suspicions that President can't be trusted; attitude dangerous.] [Representative Phillip BURTON - sees vote as reaffirmation of Congress's responsibility to declare war.] Admin. must try again next week with new bill.
REPORTER: Ray Scherer

(White House) [Press Secretary Ron NESSEN - reads statement from President, deploring congress failure to approve aid.] During day, President has unusually heavy schedule; details given. All activity to show President putting Vietnam behind to work on other problems. [President FORD - believes it's time for American to look ahead now that Vietnam war over.] Somehow, Vietnam hangover still remains; reasons given; stemming from this, Nessen walks out of news conference in exasperation.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Nessen arrives at briefing with reporters wearing bullet-proof vest.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John;
Scherer, Ray

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