NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 30, 1978
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(Studio) Apparent agreement on natural gas compromise bill in larger energy bill before President Carter's vacation, and President's early return from trip when compromise broke down reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(DC) Report concerns how natural gas compromise broke down. Films shown. Background of compromise given. [CARTER - made no deals to get compromise.] President's departure for vacation and subsequent unravelling of compromise noted. Reports that President had made deal with Senator James McClure with regard to breeder reactor project in Idaho detailed. Carter's sojourn in Plains, Georgia, while Senator Howard Baker was reacting to McClure deal in DC mentioned. [BAKER - states reactions to situation, especially as relates to reactor project in Tennessee.] Baker's support for filibuster against natural gas bill and later announcement by coalition of Senate liberals and conservatives of opposition to bill reported [Senator James ABOUREZK - comments on administration-Congress relations in this situation.] Administration response to controversy described. [Energy Secretary James SCHLESINGER - would have moved on breeder program regardless of compromise bill.] [Senator Dale BUMPERS - comments on situation.] White House aides' analysis of controversy outlined. [President assistant Anne WEXLER - thinks Carter did right thing and that they can get support to pass bill.] Mentioned in report are Billy Carter, Salmon River and Wyoming.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace