NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 15, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter has promised to reorg. government; difficulty of job noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Present bureaucracy of Agriculture Department noted. Department incls. food stamp program, REA, National Forestry Service and only 10% is for agriculture Carter wants to split Agriculture Department jurisdiction and give parts to Interior and Department of Health, Education and Welfare Depts., and energy department when created. Congress agriculture cmtes. not happy with regard to this. [Senator Agriculture Committee chairperson Senator Herman TALMADGE - says food stamps program might work worse if transferred.] House Agriculture Committee chairperson Thomas Foley says Carter in for surprise in attempts to reorg. Agriculture Department [FOLEY - says President will find difficulties in way of accomplishment.] [TALMADGE - when one's turf taken, it's not easy to accomplish.] [FOLEY - quotes 1 Congman.'s statement to President with regard to reorg.] Agriculture Secretary Robert Bergland willing to give up food stamps for other plans. [BERGLAND - without food stamps rural development can be worked on. Cites responsibilities of this plan.] Bergland's ideas for global food strategy noted. [BERGLAND - notes views on agriculture's part in foreign policy; says no part of agriculture is without impact on each person in US.] Overall view of plans noted.
REPORTER: John Hart
(Studio) Senator has passed legislature to allow President to reorg. subject only to congress veto and House vote to do so expected later in week Along with Rhodesia chrome ban, all this is good news for administration
REPORTER: John Chancellor