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Nicaragua / Cong. Vote #95672

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 23, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Congress defeat of Press Reagan's aid request for Nicaraguan guerrillas and its political significance examined. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - thinks Congress is expressing will of United States people.] [Senator Robert DOLE - equates loss with defeat of freedom in this hemisphere.] Reagan's last min. lobbying with undecided Congress such as Representative Tim Valentine noted. [VALENTINE - remains undecided after meeting President] [Senator Rich LUGAR - explains stipulation for Senator approval of funding request.] [Senator Bennett JOHNSTON - questions White House rejection of proposed compromise.] Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned lobbying Senator today; recent photos of alleged Nicaraguan guerrilla executing suspected spy shown. [Representatives David BONIOR, Henry HYDE - debate issue.] Reagan's letter to Senator described.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) White House response to anticipated loss discussed; implications of outcome for aide Patrick Buchanan, chief of staff Don. Regan and President considered. [REGAN - remains optimistic over vote.] [REAGAN - claims risk of Pro-USSR dictatorships in south hemisphere if Congress rejects his request.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) [National security adviser Robert McFARLANE - discusses Reagan policy in Nicaragua, aid request for guerrillas, implications of Congress vote for Sandinista government]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Honduras) Admin. critics' concern over implications of current military exercise in Honduras, a mock invasion of Nicaragua called Universal Trek '85, examined; films shown. [SOLDIER - expects actual warfare in Central America soon.]
REPORTER: Dean Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Dean

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