NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 12, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's mixed success in Congress today noted. House defeat of farm bill, which President had threatened to veto as too inflationary, continued stall in energy legislature because of controversy over natural gas and uncertainty over Canal treaty due to controversy surrounding reservation added to 1st section and proposed for 2nd by Senator Dennis DeConcini outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) DeConcini's meeting with assistant Secretary of State Warren Christopher reported; request from President Carter that DeConcini reservation be modified noted. [DECONCINI - says discussion centers on amendment to 2nd part of treaty to modify his amendment to 1st part. Is troubled by this.] Senator's plans to vote against treaty if compromise changes intent of his reservation and his claim that other Senators will do same reported; Senate leaders' claims to have votes to pass 2nd section stated.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch Artist: Betty Wells
(Studio) Contd. controversy over energy legislature and natural gas pricing facing President Carter described.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) President Carter's move into direct negotiation with energy conferees on Tuesday night mentioned; their meeting at White House this morning with Energy Secretary Schlesinger noted. [Representative Thomas ASHLEY - says little substantive progress made.] [Senator Dale BUMPERS - thinks all Congmen. would have given up long ago except for economy issues involved in energy program.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - thinks Carter will accept conf.'s resolution of differences if it can be reached.] Indications with regard to degree of Carter's desire for compromise on natural gas issue cited.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(Studio) Details given on House defeat of farm bill, thus avoiding Carter's veto on it.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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