The rejection by the United States Senate on Tuesday (September 1) of the amendment calling for the withdrawal of all American troops from Indochina by the end of next year, brought quick reactions from several disappointed Senators and from Vice-President Spiro Agnew.
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SEQ. 2: MCGOVERN: "It is remarkable that for the first time in the history of the United States, more than a third of the United States Senate has voted to cut off funds for a war when we are actually involved in battle".
SEQ. 4: JACKSON: "It should be pointed out that neither President Johnson or President Nixon have trough their representatives, formally laid on the table at the Paris talks a proposed ceasefire concept."
SEQ. 7: AGNEW: "I would point out that proposals for a ceasefire have been made; they're on the table in Paris...they've been made by the President in his public remarks, and they've been made by President Thieu, and I don't see anything particularly new about this situation".
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Background: The rejection by the United States Senate on Tuesday (September 1) of the amendment calling for the withdrawal of all American troops from Indochina by the end of next year, brought quick reactions from several disappointed Senators and from Vice-President Spiro Agnew.
The vote on the so called "amendment to end the war", came after four months of unprecedented lobbying that featured extensive use of television advertising.
But the Senate, in the final analysis, was unwilling to impose a timetable restricting President Nixon's flexibility in his declared policy of disengaging the United States from Vietnam. The amendment was defeated by 55 to 39 votes.
One of the amendment's sponsors, Senator George McGovern, commenting on its defeat, said:
After their narrow defeat enate liberals pledged to carry their anti-war fight to the polling booths this autumn. The Senate debate and vote was seen as the last in a series of foreign policy skirmishes this year between liberals of both the Democrat and Republican parties and the Nixon administration.
Meanwhile at San Clemente, the "Summer White House", where President Nixon was conferring with Vice-President Spiro Agnew following his return from Far-East trouble spots, the Vice-President Spiro Agnew following his defeated Senators reaction said: