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Energy Plan / Senate / Natural Gas Deregulation / Auto Industries / Ford Motors #50500

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Filibustering in Senate, with regard to natural gas price controls, conts.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Opponents of natural gas deregulation have filibustered since Senator was called to order on Tuesday morning; majority leader Robert Byrd hasn't adjourned session since then.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Not since civil rights filibuster of 1964 has Senator seen such action. Barry Goldwater makes one vote in socks; Ernest Hollings appears in jogging suit. Details of arguments for and against deregulation noted. Leading opposition and filibuster are James Abourezk and Howard Metzenbaum; leaders of proponents are Senators who introduced deregulation bill, James Pearson and Lloyd Bentsen. Byrd has asked abourezk to end filibuster, but Abourezk remains adamantly against deregulation. [ABOUREZK - says it's probably one of major attempts of robbery of American people in century. Won't stand for it and Senator shouldn't either.] There is talk of compromise.
REPORTER: Tony Sargent Artist: Freda Reiter

(DC) Byrd has now indicated he doesn't intend to keep Senator in session all night. President Carter has said special interest groups try to defeat energy package; some are certainly less than enthusiastic with regard to some parts of it. Ex. is threat of auto. mfrs. to shut down, if standards with regard to fuel efficiency and pollution control are enforced. Ford Motors has further comments on issue.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(NYC) Ford Motors president Lee Iacocca says dealers will have to begin discouraging sales of cars like Lincoln-Continentals, because 18 m.p.g. law must be met by average of mile for entire fleet. Dealer would have to sell enough Pintos to average out with Continental; Iacocca says company may have to curtail product at some big-car plants. Ford Motors says its big cars are really selling, but there's question as to why company brings out argument now. Seems to be pressure on Congress
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Bergman, Jules;
Reynolds, Frank;
Sargent, Tony;
Walters, Barbara

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