President Nixon conferred with 13 State Governors in Louisville on Tuesday (July 14) on his new Federalism plans which would turn over federal funds to help state development.
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GV Motorcade with Nixon in open car
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CU Nixon meeting people
LV Banner "Welcome President Nixon" on building
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: NIXON: "What is unusual is to have Washington come to Kentucky rather than Kentucky coming to Washington. We are trying to bring the Government to the people. We are looking forward to having now a meeting here in this great new Federal building with the Governors of these States, and we want to listen to what they have to say; listen to what they say about the problems of their states, how the Federal Government can better develop its programme so that they can get directly to the people and so that less of the funds that are appropriated by the Government get lost somewhere in between in that big layer of bureaucracy which inevitably comes whenever you set up a Federal programme".
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Background: President Nixon conferred with 13 State Governors in Louisville on Tuesday (July 14) on his new Federalism plans which would turn over federal funds to help state development.
Nearly 8,000 people were at the city's airport to greet the president, and there were at least 50,000 people to cheer him along the route to his meeting with the governors. The state leaders consist of seven democrats and six Republicans, who represent souther and eastern Appalachian states with economically depressed areas.
It was one of the most enthusiastic welcomes the President has received on his domestic travels since his election to office.
The President, perspiring in 87 degrees heat, jumped from his open-topped convertible three times to mingle with crowds, many of them waving welcome signs.
The President went to Lousiville with members of his cabinet and top White House aides for the meeting with the Commission, which has spent more than 2,000 million dollars (about GBP833 million pounds sterling) on economic development since its formation in 1965.
Outside the Federal Building, where the meeting with the Governors was to take place, Mr. Nixon said the fact that a President and members of his Cabinet were meeting with State governors was not unusual. What was unusual was to have Washington come to Kentucky rather than Kentucky coming to Washington.
At the meeting, the president won the Governor's unanimous support for his federalism plans, under which a portion of taxes raised by the Federal Government would be turned over to states for development purposes.