This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Impending deadline for automatic budget cuts noted.
(Capitol Hill: Jim Wooten) Fading hope for a budget agreement before Monday featured; scenes shown; details given of issues of capital gains tax cut and Social Security benefits. [Representative Thomas FOLEY - says he is optimistic.] Last-gasp Sunday Senate session noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Sequestration by the Gramm-Rudman Law if no agreement is reached explained.
(Washington: John Martin) Planned furloughs for government workers if budget is not resolved outlined; scenes shown of Washington, DC, protest by federal workers; details given of what impact would be on several industries. [Worker Deborah THORNE - comments.] [FAA administrator James BUSEY - says there may be turmoil in the aviation industry.] [National Broilers Council William ROENICK - comments.] Veterans Administration's plans to close some national cemeteries two days a week noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Index of leading economic indicators figures for last month cited.
(Washington: Stephen Aug) Reactions of businesses to economic downswing examined; details given of actions taken by Marriott Corp., National Graphics, Incorporated, and La Colombe D'or Restaurant. [Houston Restaurant owner Steve ZIMMERMAN - comments.] Findings by ABC News/"Money" magazine poll on consumer spending cited. [National Association of Manufacturers Jerry JASINOWSKI - says it is a serious decline in economic activity.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(White House: Brit Hume) President Bush's meeting with Emir of Kuwait Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah featured; scenes shown of pair waving to pro-Kuwaiti demonstrators outside White House gate. [SABAH - (thru translator) hopes for peaceful solution in accord with United Nations sanctions.] Scenes shown of devastation in Kuwait. [BUSH - says Iraq has pillaged Kuwait.] Statement from National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft that it's conceivable United Nations will be asked to back military sanctions against Iraq noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; UN: John McWethy) Rapid pace of events in UN against Iraq reviewed; details given of shift in mood about Iraq and possibility of war.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Diplomats from Spain and South Korea reported leaving their embassies in Kuwait. First enforcement of air embargo against Iraq noted; details given of actions by Turkey.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Recent ABC News report on problems in using M-1 tanks in Persian Gulf recalled.
(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) Evaluation by General Accounting Office of Army's Apache attack helicopters featured; scenes shown from Defense Department video of Apaches in action. [US central command General H. Norman SCHWARZKOPF - says tank killers will help us kick Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's butt.] Technical problems with these helicopters outlined on screen with diagrams. [General Accounting Office Frank CONAHAN - comments.] [Operation Desert Shield Major Doug FOSTER - praises Apache's performance in the field in Saudi Arabia.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of Democratic party strategist Larry O'Brien reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Bob Jamieson) Follow-up on "PrimeTime Live" story on conditions at Wade Park Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, featured; scenes shown of hidden camera coverage of paralyzed veteran Charles Smith, who was neglected by staff. [Hospital's Dr. Murray ALTOSE - calls report unfair.] [Secretary of Veterans Affairs Edward DERWINSKI - says Veterans Administration does not mistreat veterans.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Order by California's aid resources board that all cars ten years from now will have to be significantly less polluting than today's cars reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States reported pledging health care aid plan for children in Cambodia that will be administered by UNICEF and World Vision.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Executive director of UNICEF, James Grant, man who insisted that this week's World Summit for Children be held, profiled; various scenes shown of sick and dying children. [GRANT - says thousands of children die daily from medically preventable diseases; hopes that world leaders will give higher priority to children.] Grant's background reviewed; photos shown. [GRANT - recalls people dying in streets of China when he was young.] ["Washington Post" Stephen ROSENFELD - talks about Grant's abilities.]