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Budget / MX Missile #83834

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 21, 1983
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(Studio) Senator Budget Committee reported rejecting President Reagan's 1984 budget requests, thus raising rather than cutting taxes.
REPORTER: Steve Bell

(DC) Republican divisions in Senate committee over budget discussed; chairperson Pete Domenici's budget plan outlined on screen. [DOMENICI - hopes plan will be substantially changed once it reaches Senate floor.] Senator postponement of withholding tax on interest and dividends examined. [Senator Bob KASTEN - believes President's veto could be overridden.] White House reaction noted; implications of President's losses today in Republican-controlled Senator mentioned.

(DC) Joint Chiefs of Staff efforts to promote MX missile plan examined. [General John VESSEY - supports recommendations of President's commission] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's acknowledgment that placing MX missiles in Minuteman silos would do little to reduce United States vulnerability to USSR attack noted. [Representatives William DICKINSON, Ronald DELLUMS - argue issue.] [WEINBERGER - responds.] Conservative pressure on President to announce USSR violations of arms control treaties noted. [Senator James McCLURE - thinks Soviet violations are pertinent.] Question noted arising as to whether USSR actually has violated treaties.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Steve Bell

Bell, Steve;
Hume, Brit;
McWethy, John

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