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House of Representatives / Check-Kiting Scandal / Congress Perquisites / Nader #585486

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 13, 1992
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Rush by Congressmen to explain the checks bounced at the House bank after the House voted to release names featured; scenes shown. [Representative Charles HATCHER - apologizes.] [At beauty parlor, WOMAN; on Denver talk radio, Mark ROSEN; Representative Duncan Hunter, CONSTITUENT - react to scandal.] Apology from Representative Gerry Sikorski noted. [Former Sergeant- at-Arms Jerry RUSS - says he was not pressured to resign.] [Representative James HANSEN - says the bank system catered to the members.] [In Congress, Representatives Newt GINGRICH, Tom FOLEY - talk about politics and blame.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(At the Capitol: Robin Lloyd) Extent of perquisites for those in Congress examined; excerpt shown from film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". [Representative Scott KLUG - says public views Congress as a private club.] [Capitol visitor Eleanor BALOGH - describes incident in which Capitol's ambulance would not help her after a fall.] Examples given of perks that are being eliminated. ["Roll Call" Jim GLASSMAN - says Congress is scared.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Interview held with the "non-candidate of anti-politics" Ralph Nader. [NADER - talks about the trail of perks and freebies in Congress; calls for repeal of the White House/Congressional pay grab to keep Congressmen from getting too remote from ordinary Americans.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Lloyd, Robin;
Mitchell, Andrea

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