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Mayaguez Incident / War Powers Act / Congressional Reaction #482695

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 1975
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(Studio) President notifies Congress by letter of his decision to use military force to rescue Mayaguez and crew; action conforms with war powers act provision.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) Details of letter outlined; Senator Mike Mansfield says President lived up to war powers act by rpting. incident to Congress Most cong. members strongly support President [Senators Barry GOLDWATER, Henry JACKSON - praise President Ford's action.] [Senator Gaylord NELSON, Representative Don. RIEGLE, Senator William HATHAWAY - react negatively to President' decision for military action.] Cambodian incident stands to be political plus for Mr. Ford.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) Some question whether President complied with war powers act.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) 2 years ago, Congress decided overwhelmingly it should have voice in mil. decisions. President' cnsl. Philip Buchen says there wasn't time to consult Congress before President made decision. Harvard law expert Raul Berger calls President' action unconst. and deplorable. Senator Jacob Javits admits President' compliance with bill not 100%, but any inquiry now would be nitpicking.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

Chancellor, John;
Mackin, Catherine;
Stern, Carl

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