President Nixon signed far-reaching clean air legislation into law in a brief ceremony in Washington, D.
President Nixon signed far-reaching clean air legislation into law in a brief ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (31 December). The new law orders the American car-manufacturing industry to produce a virtually emission-free vehicle by 1976.
In a short speech, the President said the bill was an example of what action towards control of pollution can be.
Senators and Congressmen from both parties were invited to the White House ceremony, but Senator Edmund S. Muskie, a Democratic Presidential possibility who sponsored the bill, was not informed that it was to be signed. Sponsors are often invited when their bills are signed.
On Thursday, the President signed 66 bills in all -- the most in any one day since he took office two years ago and 30 more than on any previous day.