ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 23, 1982
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(Studio) Senator reported breaking filibuster against gas tax by Senator Jesse Helms, pass bill and adjourn. Effective date of tax said to be April Fool's Day, 1983.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Details given with regard to administration and other Senators work in breaking filibuster. [HELMS - notes use of Air Force to fly Senators in for vote.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - comments.] [Senator Arlen SPECTER - comments.] Vice President George Bush's arrival to preside mentioned. [Senate majority leader Howard BAKER - never liked lame duck sessions and hasn't changed mind.] Vote in Senate cited; comments by Senators Alan Simpson, Ted Kennedy, Wendell Ford and Robert Dole quoted. [HELMS - comments on passage of bill.] [SIMPSON - has made peace with Helms.] Phone call by Baker and Senator minority leader Robert Byrd to President Reagan noted. [BAKER - talks to President] Possibility that recent events in Senator will convince members to allow television coverage stated.
REPORTER: Brit Hume
(DC) White House reaction to lame duck session noted. [REAGAN - comments.] President' comments with regard to economy and projections with regard to budget deficit reported [REAGAN - states reasons for projected deficit. Is convinced 1983 will see upturn.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton