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Government Shutdown / 1984 Vote #87554

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 04, 1984
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(Studio) Govt. ofcs. reported closing due to Congress's inability to pass government spending legislature
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) OMB director David Stockman's order to close government agencies examined; films shown. [WORKERS - explain working without pay.] November 1981 recalled last time government shut down; cost to government of paying employees retroactively noted. [WORKER - hopes she gets paid.]
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(DC) Senator debate on funding package discussed; films shown. Controversial amendments attached to spending bill examined. [Senators Alan SIMPSON, Howard BAKER, Gary HART - criticize Senator process.]
REPORTER: Ann Compton

(DC) [President REAGAN - blames his order to shut down government on Democratic party] [Representative James WRIGHT - considers President's remark an unwarranted aspersion.] House record of passing appropriations bills earlier than Senator and fact that Reagan allowed government to operate earlier this week despite being technically out of money noted. Representative Thomas O'Neill mentioned considering today's shutdown a Hollywood publicity stunt; election-yr. boost of today's shutdown for Reagan considered.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Senator reported passing temporary legislature funding government through tomorrow; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Compton, Ann;
Donaldson, Sam;
Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter

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