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Cong. Opening #56107

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 15, 1979
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(Studio) Opening of 96th Congress reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Details about opening session of Senator given. Reelec. of Robert Byrd as majority leader and Howard Baker as minority leader noted. Others mentioned include actress Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, new Senator John Warner, new Minnesota Senators Rudolph E. Boschwitz and David Durenberger, former Senator Muriel Humphrey and Vice President Walter Mondale. [BAKER - says future viability of Democrats will likely be fought in Senate over funding for social programs; mentions President Carter and Senator Edward Kennedy.] Carter's 1980 budget said scheduled to arrive in Congress next week
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin Artist: Freda Reiter

(DC) Report on opening session of House Film shown. [House speaker Tip O'NEILL - comments on economy problems facing House] Other troubles facing House reported to be those of Charles Diggs, convicted of payroll swindle, and Dan. Flood, chgd. with bribery and perjury. Beginning of Flood's trial at DC federal cthse., near Capitol, mentioned.

Hume, Brit;
Mackin, Catherine;
Reynolds, Frank

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