Sen. George Smathers explains his opposition to funding the restoration of the west wing of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. He states that the Vietnam conflict demands top priority and recommends postponing the restoration project. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Sen. George Smathers answers questions regarding cuts to a foreign aid bill. He comments briefly on a tax cut initiative. He remarks on the situation in South Vietnam and praises Henry Cabot Lodge's recent appointment as ambassador to South Vietnam. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Sen. George Smathers responds to former President Truman's warning of an upcoming recession. He recommends suspending the Investment Tax Credit to help fund Vietnam War expenses. The segment ends with brief remarks on the open housing portion of the civil rights bill. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Sen. George Smathers comments on the need for compulsory arbitration in the airline strikes, Sen. Fulbright's foreign aid bill and an international ban on trade with North Vietnam. There are additional comments on the suspected mishandling of prisoners of war in North Vietnam. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Sen. George Smathers comments on the Supreme Court's refusal to review the constitutionality of the Electoral College voting system despite appeals from several states requesting that they do so. He calls the Electoral College system archaic and outdated. He also mentions a bill regarding Social Security and his efforts to allow senior citizens the ability to report medical costs on their tax forms. There are brief comments on taxes and the Vietnam War as well. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
Sen. George Smathers comments on the military coup in South Vietnam and the assassination of Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. He remarks that, "as far as he is aware," the CIA had nothing to do with Diem's assassination. The segment contains additional material on the State Department's refusal to recognize the junta government in the Dominican Republic, a decision Smathers disagrees with. He notes the threat of communism in Latin America and remarks on the tensions with the Russians over West Berlin. Produced by the Senate Recording Studios.
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