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Energy Bill / Carter Compromise and Breeder Reactor Deal / Reaction #55360

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 24, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's announcement last week of compromise on natural gas pricing section of energy bill and his report that he'd made no deals to get it recalled. Senator James McClure's subsequent announcement that President had agreed to pursue breeder reactor research, some of which is done in McClure's home state, ID, noted. Carter'-s opposition to similar research in Tennessee in past stated. Reaction of several Senators to this action reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President's action noted as causing loss of Senator Howard Baker's support and creating coalition of conservative and liberal Senators to attempt to kill natural gas pricing bill. [Senator James ABOUREZK thinks situation could produce overwhelming opposition to conference committee report on bill.] [Representative George HANSEN - comments on situation.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - states opposition to bill.] [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - hopes administration will see this as supportive position and understand they want gas bill.] Group's alternative plan outlined. Energy Secretary James Schlesinger's meeting with Senate leaders reported.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank

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