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    Members of the Senate appropriations subcommittee demanded on Tuesday (December 8) that the Nixon Administration disclose its long-range plans in Southeast Asia before receiving an added one billion dollars for foreign aid.

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    Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird appearing before the Senate appropriations committee. He is questioned by Democratic Senator John Pastore of Rhode Island.




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    Background: Members of the Senate appropriations subcommittee demanded on Tuesday (December 8) that the Nixon Administration disclose its long-range plans in Southeast Asia before receiving an added one billion dollars for foreign aid.

    Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird and Secretary of State William Rogers insisted that Congressional approval of 155 million dollars in new U.S. aid for Cambodia would make possible further American troop withdrawals from Vietnam after next spring. They failed to satisfy Democratic Senator John Pastore of Rhode Island.

    The Senator called Laird's announcement that the Administration has met every troop withdraws deadline "political," meaning propaganda. He asked the Secretary when would all U.S. troops be withdrawn. Laird responded that U.S. troops would all be out of Vietnam either after a political settlement with North Vietnam or after the South Vietnamese could carry the war alone. Rogers said that U.S. aid to Saigon would have to continue long after U.S. troops leave.

    The Secretaries asked for early committee approval of Administration requests for appropriations of more than one billion dollars in additional aid this year, including 535 million dollars in new aid for Cambodia, South Vietnam and South Korea. The Senate appropriations subcommittee must approve the Administration request before the Senate considers it.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7UEB1TIEVR2ZGVBU9UITTF1N1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7UEB1TIEVR2ZGVBU9UITTF1N1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
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    N/A

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