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Canal Treaty Developments #497897

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 16, 1978
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(Studio) Senator approval of Canal neutrality treaty noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Details given with regard to announcements by undecided Senators on plans for vote. [Henry BELLMON - announces support for treaty.] [FORD - announces plans to vote against treaty.] Decisions of Zorinsky and Paul Hatfield reported Audio tapes played. [Paul HATFIELD - announces support for treaty.] [Robert BYRD - calls for order in the Senator] Roll call vote noted. [Senator CLERK - calls roll; records votes.] James Abourezk, James Allen and Howard Cannon mentioned. [Vice President MONDALE - announces treaty passage.] [Senator Paul LAXALT - thinks "no" votes were hard, some "yes" votes soft.] [Robert BYRD - responds to Laxalt's statement.] White House agreement to changes in treaty to guarantee passage and belief that same will have to happen with 2nd treaty cited.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace; Artist: Betty Wells

(Studio) Admin.'s continued lobbying up to vote noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) [CARTER - notes upcoming vote on 2nd treaty; is confident Senator will ratify it. Cites this as promising for future relations with Panama and Latin American] President's other comments with regard to treaty provisions cited. Is noted that this is administration's 1st major legislature victory.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Panamanian reaction to vote and that of Americans living in Canal Zone reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Panama City, Panama) Details of American and Panamanian reaction to treaty vote and plans by some Americans to leave Zone despite final outcome. General Omar Torrijos' job in keeping Panamanians convinced of good of treaty for own country noted.
REPORTER: George Lewis (Tape noted as made earlier.)

(Studio) Upcoming congress action necessary for final ratification of treaty, involving both House and Senator, described. Is noted President Carter may still have trouble.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Savitch, Jessica;
Lewis, George;
Wallace, Chris
Duration:
00:06:20

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