President Nixon, in his State of the Union address on Friday, challenged Congress to embark with him on a programme of national reform.
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SV Nixon mounts rostrum & shakes hands with several people.
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CV Nixon speaking SOF ENDS: "...this dread disease."
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TRANSCRIPT: NIXON: (SEQ. 5)
"It will be a full employment budget. A budget designed to be in balance if the economy were operating at its peak potential. By spending as if we were at full employment we will help to bring about full employment. I ask the congress to accept the expansionary policies, to accept the concept of a full employment budget and at the same time I ask the Congress to co-operate in resisting expenditures that go beyond the limit of a full employment budget. For as we wage a campaign to bring about a widely shared prosperity we must not re-ignite the fires of inflation and so undermine that prosperity. I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra one hundred million dollars to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can be effectively used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the a tom and took man to the moon should be turned to conquering this dread disease."
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Background: President Nixon, in his State of the Union address on Friday, challenged Congress to embark with him on a programme of national reform. He spoke of a new American revolution following a nightmare of war, inflation and crime.
One of the most dramatic proposals in the President's speech was also one of the briefest--a call for national commitment to find a cure for cancer. The President said he would ask Congress for 100 million dollars to launch the campaign.
Mr. Nixon received a standing ovation as he entered the House of Representatives chamber to address the joint session of Congress and the House.
In the 35-minute speech he proposed improved health services, increased financial aid for languishing cities and states and a start in re-shaping the vast federal bureaucracy.
Congressmen reacted quietly to the address. Republican leaders supported the President but Democrats were not enthusiastic about the proposals.